Children in Eastern Province Receive Birth Certificates.
The people of Nyakachoko village in chief Nyampande’s area in Zambia’s Eastern province are delighted that children will now be able to get birth certification when they are born. Nyakachoko has had problems of lack of birth certificates for a long time, causing most community members to be living without records. Sometimes children are born at home and follow ups to acquire birth certificates of the newly born babies are not done.
Save the Children decided to intervene in this situation and introduced the Community Led Child Rights Monitoring groups which have been sensitising people on the importance of acquiring birth certificates for their children. The community is now aware of the importance of birth certificates because every child born has a right to be included in the statistical records.
The Community Led Child Rights Monitoring Team engaged the district registration office to ensure that every child born is provided with a certificate. They then proceeded to carryout community awareness meetings on child birth registration. A total of 188 children were registered by November 2016, and today, three children have received their birth certificates while others are on the waiting list, prompting the district registration office to conduct a registration exercise in June 2016.
The community was excited with this development, despite concerns that the pace of releasing certificates is very slow and that only three certificates have been delivered to the large number of registered children. Nyakachoko has 156 households with 200 children who are between 0 and 18 years of age. From the statistics of registered children, it appears the community has responded favourably to the sensitisation.