UNICEF applauds Mandalay's decision to issue a birth certificate to every child
Yangon, 29 April 2014 - Birth certificates will be issued for every child within the jurisdiction of the Mandalay Region starting from May 5th, 2014, reported the Immigration and National Registration Department from Mandalay Region. The decision is a result of a partnership effort between the Immigration and National Registration Department, the Central Statistical Organisation, the Ministry of Health, the General Administration Department and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to ensure that every child in Myanmar is given a birth certificate in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
"The birth certificate, to be given right after birth, is the first and probably most important document in a child's life" said Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar". The certificate proves the identity and age of the child, and her of his place of birth; it facilitates from the start access to services such as health, immunization, education and social welfare. It acts also as a strong protection against child trafficking and recruitment of children in armed forces; it serves as a guarantee of the protection measures defined for children in conflict with the law.
In partnership with the Government of Myanmar and financial support from the European Union, UNICEF is committed to ensure universal coverage for birth certificates from a current national average of 72% with rates as low as 24% in Chin.
"UNICEF applauds this decision by the Mandalay Region. We hope that many other regions and States in the Union of Myanmar will follow this great example, and commit to this essential step towards fulfilling the rights of every child to develop to their full potential and experience hope and improved prospects as a result of the recent reforms "concluded Bainvel
UNICEF in Myanmar
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Alison Rhodes, Chief, Advocacy Partnership and Communication Section, UNICEF Myanmar