Project to en­able birth reg­is­tra­tion via cell phones launched

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: United Na­tions Chil­dren's Fund (UNICEF) has launched a pi­lot project with Te­lenor Pak­istan, aimed at us­ing mo­bile tech­nol­ogy to ac­cess birth reg­is­tra­tion. The project would play a piv­otal role to im­prove cit­i­zens in­ter­ac­tions through process op­ti­miza­tion, bet­ter plan­ning and man­age­ment of data for the govern­ment, and im­proved health aware­ness through up­take of mo­bile-health (m-health) ser­vices. This unique pi­lot project also aims to help cre­ate an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment by mak­ing the process of birth reg­is­tra­tion user-friendly, and pro­vide fa­cil­i­ta­tion to cit­i­zens and other stake­hold­ers through the use of tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to UNICEF here, cur­rently, rate of birth reg­is­tra­tion in Pak­istan is quite low due to var­i­ous so­cio-eco­nomic fac­tors. Time, cost, travel, process hin­drances and gen­eral lack of aware­ness all con­trib­ute to­wards ex­ac­er­bat­ing the sit­u­a­tion while on the other hand, the ubiq­ui­tous preva­lence and adop­tion of mo­bile tech­nol­ogy in Pak­istan has opened av­enues that of­fer un­prece­dented po­ten­tial for ser­vices and ap­pli­ca­tions for masses at large. A one-of-its kind ini­tia­tive un­der Te­lenor Pak­istan Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity um­brella, the project will not only aim at in­creas­ing de­mand for reg­is­tra­tions in selected Union Coun­cils of Sindh and Pun­jab but will also in­duce a proac­tive ap­proach to­wards bring­ing birth reg­is­tra­tion ser­vices to the pub­lic. In his com­ments, Chief Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Of­fi­cer, Te­lenor Pak­istan, Muham­mad As­lam Hayat said Te­lenor aims to em­power so­ci­eties by ex­tend­ing the ben­e­fits of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions through in­no­va­tive mea­sures to the masses.

Con­sid­er­ing proof of iden­tity an es­sen­tial pre­req­ui­site for gain­ing ac­cess to ba­sic ser­vices, and to ex­er­cis­ing fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights, the Com­pany has an­nounced its part­ner­ship with UNICEF Pak­istan which will not only help boost birth reg­is­tra­tion rate but will also es­tab­lish the im­por­tance of tech­nol­ogy for en­abling a child's right to reg­is­tra­tion.

This project has tremen­dous im­pli­ca­tions for the right of ev­ery child in Pak­istan as birth reg­is­tra­tion is an im­por­tant in­stru­ment to re­al­ize chil­dren's right to health, ed­u­ca­tion and other ser­vices in par­tic­u­lar pro­tec­tion against vi­o­lence, abuse and ex­ploita­tion, said Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Pak­istan.

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