Ebola crisis impedes over 70,000 birth records in Liberia

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Mother holds her baby in Liberia. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

More than 70,000 unregistered babies born during the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia will receive birth certificates thanks to a national registration drive supported by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The new identity documents will make it easier for the children to obtain basic health and social services, and reduce their risk of being trafficked or illegally adopted.

That's according to Deirdre Kiernan, UNICEF Acting Representative and Senior Emergency Coordinator in Liberia.

She's been speaking to Priscilla Lecomte about the fund's outreach activities to help Liberian parents get back into the habit of registering their children.

Duration: 2'37'

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