Multi-Country Evaluation for Birth Registration for Maternal, Newborn, Child Health (BR4MNCH) Project in Ethiopia and South Sudan
Sustainable Development Goals: 3
- SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being
In many developing countries across the globe, a common issue is that children simply do not have easy access to affordable and quality health care. However, in certain countries, the situation is so dire that many children and families are actually completely or even partially unaware of the certain protections and health rights to which they are entitled. As a result, the data of birth registration, which counts the number of live births and is often very important for political and economic purposes due to its close relation to the country’s population, is typically inaccurate, as many births are not officially registered. Thus UNICEF has worked to implement a birth registration project in Ethiopia and South Sudan, titled the BR4MNCH project, between the years of 2014 and 2018. The objectives of this project were to improve the utilization of health information for maternal and child health, to increase the number of registered births in the system, and to improve the interconnection between the CRVS (civil registration and vital statistics) and the general Health Systems. This evaluation serves to better analyze the previous situation before the project was implemented as well as the relative success of the project in achieving its purpose.