| Tigo is supporting the Tanzania government’s under-five birth registration initiative in a move expected to benefit more than 200,000 under five children in Iringa and Njombe regions.
According to the firm, the programme brings registration closer to the community by establishing registration points at existing health facilities and at the community ward executive offices. This will enable parents in these two regions to have access to more than 700 registration points.
The firm plans to have more than 1,500 Registration Assistants equipped with 800 mobile phones donated by Tigo to support the registration process. Tigo will use an innovative mobile application that is massively accelerating provisioning of birth certificate for children under the age of five.
This is not the first time Tigo is doing this. The firm has been partnering with Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA) and UNICEF in scaling up this project in this two regions following success registered in Mbeya and Mwanza regions where more than 400,000 under –five children have been registered and provided with birth certificate from 2013 to date.
Tigo General Manager, Diego Gutierrez said: “Tigo is proud to be the sole telecommunication company partnering with RITA, UNICEF and other stakeholders in order to make sure that every child birth in Tanzania does not go unaccounted for because identity is a basic right for every child.”
Mr. Gutierrez added that “through innovative mobile technology application, which ensures that birth registration data is uploaded and sent to a central database at RITA in real-time, we have been able to demonstrate our strong commitment to building a societal ecosystem that brings the promise of technology to life in the communities where we operate”.
The under-five birth registration initiative marks a significant shift in accelerating birth registration in Tanzania, after years of stagnation. This will make it easier for children and their families to access the entitlement of a birth certificate.