NRB Electronic Birth Registration gets a boost

    December 8, 2017

As one way of addressing transport challenges affecting civil registration in Malawi, Baobab Health Trust (BHT) has donated a Motor Vehicle to the National Registration Bureau (NRB).
BHT signed an MOU with the National Registration Bureau to develop electronic civil registration systems. So far BHT has deployed the Electronic Birth Registration System (EBRS) in all the districts including hard to reach places like Likoma where registration of new births is ongoing.
The 30 million Kwacha Toyota Hilux is solely for Lilongwe district and will be based at Lilongwe district council where most activities are taking place.


Here you are – BHT Board Chair Dr. Sangala hands over the car keys to NRB Chief Director Mr Kang’ombe

” 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


We are moving towards the right direction – Kang’ombe


In his remarks Dr Sangala said he was excited that BHT has also finalised development of the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) which will be piloted in selected districts very soon.
Dr Sangala also urged authorities not to abuse the vehicle by ensuring it is fully dedicated to the planned assignments.


We want the vehicle to be put to good use – Dr. Sangala

Apart from registering new births through hospitals , specifically at postnatal wards , BHT has taken the innovation to 83 Villages in the area of Traditional Authority Ntema where chiefs take a leading role in capturing new births using user friendly touchscreen computers. All the information captured from the hospitals and villages is pushed to the District Commissioner’s office and NRB for final processing.

BHT and NRB officials posing for a photo in front of the new vehicle

Brand new Toyota Hilux to ease transport woes


The Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Bloomberg Philapthropies and Vital Strategy are supporting the project.

The Project is also constructing office space for registration activities at the Lilongwe district council which will be handed over in a few weeks.

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