Journal article

Decentralization of birth registration to Local Government in Tanzania: the association with completeness of birth registration and certification

Christopher Sanga, Gregory Kabadi, Emilian Karugendo, Don de Savigny, Daniel Cobos Munoz, Tim Adair

GLOBAL HEALTH ACTION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In Tanzania only an estimated one-quarter of births are registered and certified. Birth registration uses a centralized system with geographic and cost barriers for families. A pilot decentralized birth registration system has been trialled in 11 of 26 regions, substantially increasing registration points, and enabling notification, registration and certification to occur in one step. OBJECTIVE: This study compares completeness of birth registration and certification and achievement of key birth registration milestones in two districts where the birth registration system decentralized and two districts with the existing centralized system. METHODS: Registration, notification, cen..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was conducted as part of the Data for Health Initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. This manuscript was written during Christopher Sanga's CRVS Fellowship Program at the University of Melbourne, also part of the Data for Health Initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.