UNICEF’s East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) Launch of Uganda Study Tour Report on Innovations for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)
In my blog submission on September 24, “Reaching the Unreached: Innovations and Child Protection“, I shared about the Study Tour in Uganda focusing on using innovations in partnerships and technology to improve civil registration and vital statistics, specifically birth registration (although death registration is just as an important to CRVS systems). The Study Tour was organized by the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) with support from UNICEF and the European Union. The Study Tour brought together government partners and UNICEF staff from 12 countries across Africa to explore how innovative technology can increase the registration of child births (and deaths). Expert facilitators from India and Switzerland as well as members of the Core Group, including UNECA, WHO-Geneva, Plan International and UNICEF led the process.
The highlight of the event included field trips to observe how one of the key innovations, Mobile Vital Records System (MVRS ), uses simple phones owned by most Ugandans, even in rural areas, to register births, leveraging with the health system. MVRS is the product of an innovative partnership among UNICEF, the Government of Uganda and Uganda Telecom. Among the outcomes of this event, participants identified the core elements of the birth registration process that could be enhanced using technological innovations.
For more information on the Study Tour, contact Milen Kidane in the ESARO office at mkidane(at)unicef.org
Innovation and Child Protection Project Lead
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