Child Protection

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Birth registration

new born twins
© UNICEF Madagascar/2010/Corbett
New-born twins, in hospital in the northwestern town of Mahajunga. 25% percent of children in Madagascar are not registered at birth, making them more vulnerable to child rights abuses.

The promotion of birth registration, as part of a national birth registration programme, focuses on developing the civil registration system at a municipal level. UNICEF is working with its partners to identify and address the absence of birth registration at strategic points in a child’s life, helping district chiefs, judges, mayors and local authorities meet the challenge of creating a system that ensures that all children under 18 are registered.

Working with INSTAT, the national institute responsible for statistics, UNICEF has carried out an equity analysis to identify excluded children. As a result a database indicating the pockets of exclusion is now available to inform subsequent interventions to improve birth registration.

UNICEF is also developing innovative solutions using mobile telephone text messaging services to facilitate declaration and birth registration for children in remote and difficult to access areas.





Birth registration working paper

Read about UNICEF good practices in integrating birth registration into health systems in this 2000-2009 working paper


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