Liberia launches child registration drive post Ebola crisis

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By Euronews
Liberia launches child registration drive post Ebola crisis

The Liberian government is on a drive to register more than 70,000 children born at the height of the Ebola epidemic.

Those not registered are vulnerable to marginalisation and exclusion.

Many medical centres closed or offered reduced services in response to the Ebola threat and registrations fell as a result.

Veronica Dixon is a soon to be mother in Bong county: “It is important because when you have a child you need lots of things for them. Maybe you will request something and they will ask you ‘when was the child born?’ If you don’t know you could have a hard time. Some say you won’t get hospital treatment for your child if it is not registered.”

Those that fail to register officially do not exist and will be unable to access basic healthcare and social services as well as identity papers.

There are also fears that those without a birth certificate are in danger from traffickers or illegal adoption.