Innovative Approaches to Birth Registration for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Reporting Organization:UNICEF
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 20,000,000
Timeframe: March 26, 2014 - December 31, 2018
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization


Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Ethiopia - $ 5,000,000.00 (25.00%)

Mali - $ 5,000,000.00 (25.00%)

Senegal - $ 5,000,000.00 (25.00%)

South Sudan - $ 5,000,000.00 (25.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (100 %)

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This project seeks to increase the registration of children under the age of five, and improve the availability, quality, timeliness, and use of health information to assist in the planning of effective activities to improve maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). The project also seeks to improve the availability and quality of information on child mortality to better inform planning and resource allocation, and increase accountability to MNCH efforts. The project assists developing countries to increase number of birth registrations by addressing access barriers, including reaching those who live in rural areas by mobilizing community health workers in the birth registration process. The project also seeks to use innovations, such as SMS technologies, to increase the number of births being registered. This initiative supports two key recommendations from the United Nations Commission on Information and Accountability for Women and Children’s Health: (i) to take significant steps to establish a system for registration of births, deaths and causes of death, and have well-functioning health information systems; and (ii) to integrate the use of information and communication technologies in national health management information systems and health infrastructure.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (i) improved birth registration through development of action plans with national governments; (ii) strengthened capacity of community health workers and other community-based providers to facilitate birth registration and death notification; (iii) improved use of innovations to reduce existing barriers to registrations; and (iv) integration of community-based reporting in the health information management systems.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of December 2015 include: in Ethiopia, UNICEF provided technical assistance to review birth registration systems and processes, support the development of registration instruments that include manuals and guidelines, and support the establishment of regional vital registration agencies. In Mali, UNICEF coordinated information sessions to key health systems actors (government, civil society and local leaders) on the social determinants and norms related to birth registration. In South Sudan, 531 community volunteers were trained on birth notification to conduct birth notification outreach programmes in seven target counties. In Senegal, UNICEF worked with the Ministry of Health on the review and harmonization of existing community health management information systems to improve data collection, reporting and to strengthen the internal process of registering vital events, such as birth registration as well as the reporting of deaths.

These results have contributed to strengthened health systems and improved capacity of community health workers and other community-based providers to facilitate birth registration notification.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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