YANGON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar will launch a birth registration week in three states or regions as a pilot project before a nationwide coverage to ensure children get registered after birth for protection, state media reported Tuesday.
With technical and financial support from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union (EU), the pilot birth registration campaign will be implemented in 44 townships in Magway, Chin and Mon regions or states, the report quoted deputy Minister of Immigration and Population U Kyaw Kyaw Win as saying.
U Kyaw Kyaw Win told a forum on accelerating birth registration in Myanmar that the country has 72.4 percent of under-five children holding birth certificates, more than 65 percent globally.
UNICEF Myanmar deputy Representative Shalini Bahuguna however pointed out that around 1.6 million children in Myanmar have not officially been registered, stressing the need to address challenges in registering over-five and offspring of migrants.
She predicts the planned birth registration week will see a huge public awareness campaign as about 400,000 children in the pilot areas could benefit from the pilot project.
It was warned that children without birth certificates are at greater risk of being trafficked for forced labor or sexual slavery.
Myanmar is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.