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.
” 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
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.
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.