Tanzania has one of the lowest levels of birth registration in Africa, and only 8% of Tanzanian children have a birth certificate. And so the Tanzanian government agency, RITA, joined forces with some strong partners and decided to tackle the issue of birth registration with an innovative approach – capturing data using mobile phones. Mobile technology, provided by Tigo Tanzania, is being used to leapfrog failing infrastructure and logistical challenges, that have left years and years of backlog in birth registrations. The mobile phone allows for information to be recorded and sent to a central database in Dar Es Salaam in real-time, using a simple mobile phone application.
The Under 5 Birth Registration Initiative was launched as a pilot initiative in the Mbeya region.