TIGO hastens under-fives registration

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TIGO Tanzania Limited, Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have teamed up to launch the third phase of registration of birth certificates for the under-five children through a mobile system.

The system to be launched in Shinyanga and Geita on 21st March, targets at increasing the number of children under five years old with birth certificates.

The Tigo’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager, Halima Okash said the service to be introduced will enable parents to register their under fives using their mobile phones through short text message.

“We are happy to be involved in the provision of this social service in collaboration with RITA that aims to see the children get their identities.

This programme brings basic rights for the children,” said Ms Okash. Explaining further on the new technology, she said the new system of birth registration has been created using a technology that has been created by Tigo Tanzania which enables registrars to use mobile phones to register the date when the children were born.

She said through the use of mobile phones, the new strategy will easily facilitate the availability of registration records because information will easily reach RITA’s headquarters at fast speed compared to the other systems used before.

She added that according to the available statistics, until 2010 it is only 16 per cent of under five years old were registered with RITA.

Ms Okash said the statistics that little percentage of the under-fives was recorded and thus decided to collaborate with other stakeholders of social development to facilitate the exercise through the modern technology system.

Last year also Tigo in collaboration with RITA and UNICEF facilitated the exercise in Iringa and Njombe regions where over 200 children equivalent to 100 per cent were registered and got their birth certificates within six months.

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