Tigo Tanzania in partnership with RITA (Registration Insolvency & Trusteeship Agency) and UNICEF is jointly supporting new national birth registration system set to massively accelerate the number of children under the age of 5 with birth certificates. The new birth registration system is using innovative mobile application developed by Tigo.
The mobile tool simplifies the process of birth registration by entering the registration information into a mobile phone which sends the data to a central database at RITA in real time. The application is designed to work on all models of mobile phones and operating systems.
How it Works:
Registration information of a child is entered into the phone by nurses or village/ward executive officer and it is sent via SMS to a receiving server hosting a database in RITA. All that the end user need is the handset and Tigo SIM card.
According to Tanzania Demographic Health Survey (DHS) conducted in 2010, only 16 percent of children under the age of five have been registered with civil authorities, of whom only 6 percent had received birth certificates. Therefore this initiative aims at addressing this challenge by accelerating child birth registration and establishing an effective birth and civil registration system. The target is to register 900,000 under five children in the period of 2 years. The project will be rolled out in phases with Mbeya kick starting as part of a first phase followed by Mwanza, Geita, Shinyanga, and Simiyu regions.
This innovation has come at a right time where mobile solutions are paramount in development specifically in Africa. Through this initiative Tigo demonstrate its Corporate Responsibility commitment of mobilizing community through the use of digital solutions. Therefore, we are proud to be the sole telecommunication company partnering with RITA and UNICEF in order to make sure that every child birth in Tanzania does not go unaccounted for.
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