In the United Republic of Tanzania, a new solution for birth registration

Stories of UNICEF Innovation

An innovative programme piloted in Tanzania’s Mbeya region uses mobile phone technology to make birth registration simple, affordable and widely accessible – an important step in getting every child off to the right start.

MBEYA, United Republic of Tanzania, 27 January 2014 – “It’s very simple, I’ll show you,” says Adela Mwakala with a smile. In just 30 seconds, Ms. Mwakala enters the baby’s name, registration number, date of birth, mother’s name and city of residence in her mobile phone. She then sends the data via SMS to a central database in Dar es Salaam.

Ms. Mwakala is a medical technician at Meta Hospital in Mbeya, capital city of one of the most populous regions in Tanzania. “Every mother that comes to the hospital must get a birth certificate for her child. It’s my mission,” she says proudly.

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