Mozambique: Facilitating Birth Registration for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (April 2007)


PEPFAR supports a wide range of services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs), including efforts to ensure OVCs access to essential services, such as education, vocational training, health care, case management, birth registration, legal services, and other resources.

In Mozambique, birth registration is required for OVCs to access important government-subsidized support programs. A PEPFAR partner organization spearheaded efforts to obtain birth certificates for unregistered OVCs in Milange and surrounding areas. The partner organization worked with local authorities to have these children registered free of charge.

The registration process was complicated by the fact that many of the caregivers themselves did not have birth certificates. Prior to registering the orphans, the caregivers had to obtain their own birth certificates. Project staff held discussions with caretakers about the importance of having a birth certificate, and worked with local authorities to facilitate the registration process.


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