Senegal: Texting for Birth Certificates

The remoteness of some villages from civil registration centres, combined with poverty, have hampered birth registration in Senegal. But a new mobile phone application that allows parents to text the details of a newborn to obtain a birth certificate could cut down school drop-outs when the children are older.
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    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 9 August 2012

    Only a handful of births are registered in the remote Kolda region of southern Senegal, but a new mobile phone application that allows parents to text the details of a newborn to... read more »

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