Barriers to birth registration in Indonesia

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Lancet Global Health
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Birth registration is the first legal recognition of a child and a fundamental human right.1 Worldwide, nearly 230 million children younger than 5 years do not have a birth certificate, rendering them invisible to the state.2 Indonesia is one of the countries plagued by this so-called scandal of invisibility,3 with more than 24 million Indonesian children remaining undocumented.4 This number is concerning, given existing evidence linking a lack of birth registration to increased school drop-out, child trafficking and labour, and reduced access to health, social services, and education.

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[Correspondence] Barriers to birth registration in Indonesia