Only 30 per cent of children born are registered - report
Posted Tuesday, November 5 2013 at 02:00
Kampala- The rampant fraud in the country is to blame for the low levels of children births and deaths registration. This is according to the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) who revealed only 30 per cent of children born annually are registered countrywide.
This was revealed at a two days’ training of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) officials aimed at improving registration rates and national information management through ICT.
The low rates, URSB said, have led to problems like lack of data, waste of public resources and increased vulnerabilities.
Uganda ranks fourth
The figures put Uganda in fourth position out of five countries of the East African community in terms of birth registration for the children under-five years.
The URSB statistics ranked Tanzania at the bottom with 22 per cent, Burundi and Kenya at 60 per cent while Rwanda tops the table at 82 per cent.
Mr Charles Nsimbi, the URSB manager in charge of Civil Registration said the low levels of child birth registration have negatively affected service delivery especially the effective administration of justice in cases of defilement among other things.
“We have had ghost cases right from hospitals, schools, employment and everywhere up to death due to low levels of birth registration. This has created problems especially in cases of defilement and other instances which require data,” he said.
Mr Nsimbi also attributed the low rates of birth registration to old legal framework of 1973 and the absence of a birth and death registration policy, reliance on outdated equipment as well as lack of awareness and the low demand for birth and death registration.
The director for registration at the URSB, Ms Eva Mugerwa, revealed that the bureau is in final stages of transiting to digital registration and creating a data base for the entire country.
“We are working towards providing technical assistance to enable authorities in the city to effectively carry out the exercise but also on other matters including intellectual property registration among others,” she added.
The KCCA director of gender, Ms Harriet Mundondo described the URSB intervention as significant in revamping the system on how data is captured to increase the rate of registration at birth.
“The process of registration was made difficult by middle men because many people do not know how it is done and that it is a free service. So they forego the exercise until their children are required to produce the certificates,” said Ms Mudondo.