Although a law on birth registration was adopted in 1918 and revised in 1976, stipulating that all births be registered within 15 days, statistics show that approximately 13% of births are still not reported.
Wide disparities persist between regions, with birth registration systems in remote rural areas facing many problems. In some areas parents often do not see the benefits of their own citizenship, let alone the benefits that birth registration would confer on their children.
UNICEF is working to increase the number of births registered by reviewing the current law and registration system and suggesting measures to increase accessibility. Support is provided to community-based initiatives linking birth registration to social development planning and public awareness is raised through communication campaigns.