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Organization : Ministry of Home Affairs
Facility : Universal Birth Registration
Country : Guyana
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Universal Birth Registration :

The General Register Office (G.R.O) is tasked with ensuring Guyana achieves Universal Birth Registration on or before January 2015 and has been working assiduously for the past ten (10) years on this project.

Related : Ministry of Home Affairs Overseas Registration Guyana :

Every Guyanese must be aware of the process to obtain, and the benefits of having a birth certificate.

Universal Birth Registration has been identified as an important aspect for Countries achieving and monitoring the Millennium Development Goals that promotes gender and equality, children and health issues.

PLAN-INTERNATIONAL one of the world’s oldest non-Governmental Development Organisation launched the Universal Birth Registration Campaign in February 2005 with a call for Governments worldwide to significantly increase efforts to achieve Birth Registration, and for every citizen to be in possession of a Birth Certificate by 2015, through decentralizing of the registration process and raising public awareness on birth registration its process and benefits.

A birth certificate is one’s first personal identification and proof of one’s nationality that enables admission to school, to acquire photo identification(s), and to pursue new bc one’s academic vocation.

It is Proof, if age is critical in ensuring prosecution in sexual offences and prevention of early employment and child marriages.

All births occurring in the Republic of Guyana are required by law to be registered regardless of the parent(s) legal or marital status. There is no time frame to registered births but different systems, for children under one year and for those one year and older.

Birth Registration is free as stated in the Birth & Death Act(Chapter 44:01 Registration of Births and Deaths Act).

In Guyana the General Register Office identified the undermentioned as barriers to achieving Universal Birth Registration and formulated projects to address them :
** Under registration in Regions 1, 7, 8 & 9 (our Amerindian Communities)

** Late Registration
** Inadequate registration centres
** Decentralization of General Register Office services
** Contemporaneous birth registration.
Public awareness of the process and benefits of birth registration

In 2003 with a view of correcting the under registration of our indigenous communities in Regions 1, 7, 8, & 9, the General Register Office staff visited img-20131111-04745 the regions and effected some registrations, this project was time consuming and very costly but continued unto 2005 when the Ministries of Home Affairs and Ministry of Amerindian Affairs combined managerial skills and personnel resulting in two hundred (200) Toshoas and Community Development Officers joining the project, this large workforce ensured all requests from every village for registration and certificates were brought to the General Register Office for processing and certificates returned to each village.

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  1. I am doing my husband Family Tree by the name of Narainerattan, Ramattan and was changed to Bambam. His grandfather came from India in the Uttar Pradesh region came to British Guiana on the ship the Peninsular or the Oriental (P & O). So, I would like to see how to see their birth and death certificates online.

  2. I am a Featherstone descendant. My relatives was born Guyana and transported to England as slaves and given slave name of Featherstone. I am in search of my original Guyana family name. A known relative John Featherstone moved back to Guyana.

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