Counting on birth registration: mixed-methods research in two EN-BIRTH study hospitals in Tanzania.
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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
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BACKGROUND: Birth registration marks a child's right to identity and is the first step to establishing citizenship and access to services. At the population level, birth registration data can inform effective programming and planning. In Tanzania, almost two-thirds of births are in health facilities, yet only 26% of children under 5 years have their births registered. Our mixed-methods research explores the gap between hospital birth and birth registration in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. METHODS: The study was conducted in the two Tanzanian hospital sites of the Every Newborn-Birth Indicators Research Tracking in Hospitals (EN-BIRTH) multi-country study (July 2017-2018). We described the business processes for birth notification and registration and collected quantitative data from women's exit surveys after giving birth (n = 8038). We conducted in-depth interviews (n = 21) to identify barriers and enablers to birth registration among four groups of participants: women who recently gave birth, women waiting for a birth certificate at Temeke Hospital, hospital employees, and stakeholders involved in the national birth registration process. We synthesized findings to identify opportunities to improve birth registration. RESULTS: Standard national birth registration procedures were followed at Muhimbili Hospital; families received birth notification and were advised to obtain a birth certificate from the Registration, Insolvency, and Trusteeship Agency (RITA) after 2 months, for a fee. A pilot programme to improve birth registration coverage included Temeke Hospital; hand-written birth certificates were issued free of charge on a return hospital visit after 42 days. Among 2500 women exit-surveyed at Muhimbili Hospital, 96.3% reported receiving a birth notification form and nearly half misunderstood this to be a birth certificate. Of the 5538 women interviewed at Temeke Hospital, 33.0% reported receiving any documentation confirming the birth of their child. In-depth interview respondents perceived birth registration to be important but considered both the standard and pilot processes in Tanzania complex, burdensome and costly to both families and health workers. CONCLUSION: Birth registration coverage in Tanzania could be improved by further streamlining between health facilities, where most babies are born, and the civil registry. Families and health workers need support to navigate processes to register every child.
AuthorsReed, S; Shabani, J; Boggs, D; Salim, N; Ng'unga, S; Day, LT; Peven, K; Kong, S; Ruysen, H; Jackson, D
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