Vital Strategies, formally The Union North America, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies under the Data for Health Initiative, has donated a Motor Vehicle to the Malawi National Registration Bureau (NRB) to support Civil Registration and Vital Statistics activities in Lilongwe district.
The 30 million Kwacha Toyota Hilux which will be based at Lilongwe district NRB office will support birth and death registration at health centre and community level through the Zam’mudzi Mwathu Electronic Village Registers (EVR) project being implemented by Baobab Health Trust (BHT) in 83 Villages around T/A Mtema funded through Vital Strategies.
The vehicle bought by Vital Strategies will be maintained by the project. During the handover ceremony BHT Board Chair Dr. Wesley Sangala urged NRB to take care of the vehicle which will, among other things, reduce mobility challenges the Bureau has been experiencing.
“We hope and would want to see authorities putting the vehicle to good use and avoid any abuse beyond the planned assignments” pleaded Sangala.
NRB through its Chief Director thanked Vital strategies for the timely assistance.
” We are happy with progress being made with Baobab Health Trust and we believe if such efforts to resolve the challenges we are facing can be scaled up it means we are more likely to make greater progress. For sometime we were to preoccupied with the mass registration but now we realise we need to balance and invest our energies in the civil registration which is equally key for us ” Said Tresphore Kang’ombe who is Chief Director at the National Registration Bureau after receiving car keys from BHT Board Chair Dr. Wesley Sangala
Since 2012 Vital Strategies has funded the development and implementation of the Zam’mudzi Mwathu platform previously known as the EVR. By end March 2017, the EVR system had been scaled up to all 83 villages and 1 data collating center at the TA Mtema’s headquarters. Vital Strategies has also funded construction and refurbishment of office space for NRB at the Lilongwe district council which will be officially handed over soon. BHT supervised the refurbishment and construction of the NRB offices and reported to Vital Strategies on the progress monthly.
BHT has a running MOU with NRB to develop CRVS electronic systems. Besides the EVR project , BHT has also developed the electronic death and birth registration systems (EBRS) which have been deployed in all the 28 districts funded through a CDC co-operative agreement.