30 November 2020

Mobile campaign boosts registered births in Belize despite COVID-19

AGUACATE, Belize ─ In Aguacate, a small Q'eqchi'-Maya village in the south of Belize, Erma Cus and her husband smile as they celebrate the newest resident of their community: their son. “We registered our son years ago but the birth certificate never arrived. We’re happy because now, with a birth certificate, things will get easier for him as he…, Why children don’t get registered?, There are many reasons why children don’t get registered, in Belize and globally. As in Erma’s case, sometimes it is gaps in the civil registration system. Other times, parents may be unaware of birth registration, or how important it actually is. In addition, cost and access often represent an insurmountable barrier. Parents may be unable to…, Mobile and relevant: a winning formula to boost birth registration, Draft messages in Spanish, English, Q'eqchi' and Mopan Maya, on the importance of birth registration were. Deliver them with COVID-19 relief packages to help vulnerable families. Have an appointed official from the Belize Vital Statistics Unit present to facilitate mobile birth registration. And watch birth registration rates soar. After applying…, What can be done to improve birth registration rates?, Improving birth registration rates can be done in a number of ways. For example, by eliminating late registration fees. By increasing the number of trained registrars. And by sending them to remote areas in mobile registration units – as was the case with this mobile registration campaign in Belize. To reach universal birth registration in the…, Why birth registration in the midst of a pandemic?, No birth registration means no proof of name or nationality. In legal terms, these children do not exist – and the repercussions can last a lifetime. This is why birth registration is vital for all children, always. “As a member of the National Birth Registration Steering Committee, UNHCR is committed to combating incidences that may lead to…