Working towards universal birth registration in Liberia
Monrovia, Liberia, 23 June 2009 – The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Internal Affairs – with the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Plan International – are holding a one-day workshop on birth registration for all stakeholders from Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount counties in Tubmanburg on 24 June 2009.
This workshop will be to sensitize all constituents on the need and demand for a universal birth registration system in Liberia; and for each county to develop a roll out plan to revitalize birth registration and certification throughout the country.
The 2007 Demographic and Health Survey showed that only 4% of children in Liberia have birth certificates, while birth registration is recognized as a fundamental right by Liberia as a signatory of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Birth registration remains an essential step for all children to access basic social services such as health care.
However the 14 years of civil war have left the country without basic mechanisms to register all births. The Government of Liberia and its partners are working together to reestablish a country wide system for birth registration.
For more information, please contact:
Louis-Etienne Vigneault-D, UNICEF Liberia
Tel: +231 6 923 174, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org