National Population Commission; UNICEF to launch technology for automated birth registration in Nigeria
As Nigeria joins the African continent to commemorate Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day, the Nigeria Population Commission (NPC), with support from UNICEF, will launch an innovative technology to usher in an automated, digitized system for registering births of children in Nigeria on Monday, 10 August.
The technology is a hand-held, customized tablet that registers births using an android application.
It not only captures and uploads data to a central database/server hosted by NPC in real time, but also captures information about the child, parents and place of birth, education levels of both parents, birth order of the child and the rural/urban base where the child was registered.
The innovation has already been piloted in Kebbi, Adamawa, Bauchi, Sokoto and the FCT. It will eventually be deployed in all 774 LGAs in Nigeria.
Birth registration – the continuous, permanent, compulsory, and universal recording of a child’s birth provides legal and documentary evidence to certify a person’s identity.
Yet only 43 per cent of children under age 5 have their births registered by the NPC, according to Nigeria’s National Demographic Health Survey 2018 (NDHS 2018).