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Birth registration project launched in Magwe, Mon, Chin

File photo of Karen mother with children. (DVB)

A pilot project to register the births of all children in Magwe Division, Mon and Chin states was launched on Monday by various Burmese government ministries, in cooperation with UNICEF and with financial assistance from the EU.

The pilot scheme will target non-registered children in the principal towns in those regions, namely Magwe, Moulmein and Hakha, and is the initial part of a long-term national objective of registering every child’s birth in Burma.

“The programme aims at promoting the concept of birth registration, and in the long run will bring about a perfect public registration system,” said Win Myint, the deputy immigration and population minister.

The birth registration project will involve the following ministries: Immigration and Population; Health; National Planning and Economic Development; and Home Affairs.

According to a UNICEF report, there are around 1.6 million children with no birth registration in Burma. While almost all children born in Rangoon Division are certified from birth, some 76 percent in Chin state, 11 percent in Mon, and 43 percent in Magwe Division have never been issued birth certificates.