MAWLAMYAING, 03 October 2019 - Today, the first-ever electronic birth registration took place in Mon State, Myanmar, through the Mobile Birth and Death Registration (MBDR) project that was developed through the partnership of the Government of Myanmar, UNICEF and the Telenor Group.
With technical support from UNICEF Myanmar, the Central Statistical Organization had adopted an electronic platform, known as the Vital Registration E-Platform (eVR), to document and archive birth and death records at Union and State/Region levels. The extension of the eVR to Mon State through the MBDR project, allows Township Health Offices to obtain digital vital records from their wards/village tracks and to issue birth certificates.
“The Mobile Birth and Death Registration will support an efficient, effective and highly responsive civil registration system in Myanmar. More importantly, it will improve the productivity of basic health staff at all levels by reducing paper work,” said H.E. Dr Aye Zan, Chief Minister for Mon State.
“The project will support the e-government initiative and benefit the public. With such a system in place, there will be no need to set aside resources for transporting, printing and filling paper forms.” said H.E. U Tin Myint, Deputy Minister for the Office of the Union Government, on his part.
Currently, birth registration and certification at township level is carried out by Basic Health Staff using paper forms. The MBDR project will facilitate the 100 per cent digitalization of collecting, registering and archiving all vital records. The project will also serve as a pilot that will inform the national scale-up of the electronic platform.
“We welcome the strengthened focus on enabling a Digital Myanmar as we believe that building a strong, inclusive digital economy is critical to reducing inequalities and empowering individuals. With Telenor’s extensive 4GSuperLTE+ network now available in Myanmar, there is a huge opportunity for health officers in rural areas to apply digital registration in real time. As Telenor connects people to what matters most to them, we are proud today to be involved in an important part of our customers’ lives while they are using our services.” said Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Myanmar.
“Birth registration is the first right of every child and a stepping stone to enjoying other rights such as the rights to health, education and protection. Today, we witnessed how this innovative technology will help in ensuring the fundamental and unconditional right of a child to be registered at birth,” said June Kunugi, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar. “This is also helping to translate into reality the commitment Myanmar made in the new Child Rights Law to make birth registration free and accessible to all children.”
Khin Nu Yin Myint
May Sandy Aye
UNICEF in Myanmar
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