Briefing note

Birth certificate: The document that changes the future

Published 22. May 2024
Every child born in Cameroon has the right to a free birth certificate within 90 days of birth.

This is often not the case. In fact, 7 million people, including 1.5 million children, do not yet have this precious identity in Cameroon.

In most cases parents for whatever reason miss this deadline and often have to resort to a costly process where they have to obtain a declaratory judgment before the birth certificate is established.