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The Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs is today launching a campaign to register births and deaths among 1.4 million people spread over 18 districts in the country.
“The campaign aims to promote birth registration as part of a social mobilisation project,” the accompanying press release reads.
The campaign will cover 18 districts from Maputo City [which enjoys provincial status], the provinces of Maputo and Gaza in the south of the country, Zambézia (centre), and Nampula (north).
The project is funded by the Government of Canada and supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children International.
The Demographic and Health Survey (IDS) showed that the proportion of children registered under the age of five increased from 31% in 2008 to 55% in 2011.
Most unregistered children are from poorer families, the statement notes, and are exposed to risks including abuse, exploitation (including child labour), premature marriage and a tendency towards the world of crime.Source: Lusa
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