Bangladesh is the world’s 7th most populated country which is having a population of around 150 Million people. The birth registration project is one of the most significant project undertaken by the Government of Bangladesh to digitize the country.
Reports indicates that 40 percent of the population had already received a birth certificate by the end of March 2008, while more than 30 percent had been registered and would receive their certificates soon.
A vigorous campaign is now under way to register the remaining 30 percent of the population who are hard to reach, mobile, invisible or live on the fringes of mainstream society.
“The birth registration act of 2004 makes it mandatory for every citizen to possess a valid official birth certificate by 2009,” said ABM Saiful Islam Chowdhury, director of the country’s Birth and Death Registration Project, which is supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and funded by the Netherlands and the European Commission.
The government declared 3 July as Birth Registration Day to highlight the importance of birth registration for every child and adult, with support from UNICEF and Plan International, an international development agency working with and for children.