In Malawi, the launch of universal birth registration guarantees protections for children

Published: 30/Mar/2012
Source: UNICEF

By Kusali Kubwalo

LILONGWE, Malawi, 30 March 2012 – This week, Malawi celebrates the start of a universal and compulsory birth registration process.

At a ceremony marking the event, Nicholas Dausi, Deputy Minister in the Office of the President and Cabinet, said the issuance of birth registration documents will guarantee Malawi’s children full protection against trafficking, child labour, child prostitution, early marriage and other abuses.

Birth registration will ensure that there is an official system for verifying the ages of children and will, therefore, help enforce existing laws. “Above all, for us to develop, we must know where we are. For us to grow, we must plan. For us to plan, we must know how many we are,” he said.

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Themes: Birth Registration
Regions: Malawi
Year: 2012