eRegistries: Strengthening the extension of reproductive maternal, newborn and child health services in Bangladesh
Bangladesh has made great progress in reducing maternal and child mortality over the last decade. Still, major gaps remain in the quality of care for mothers and children, particularly in rural areas. The ICDDR,B a research institution with a 50-year history of improving the quality of maternal and child health services, is working with the Ministry of Health to expand quality improvement approaches to government-run facilities in order to demonstrate the benefits.
Electronic health registries, sometimes called eRegistries, for women and children gather information on their health, and on essential care being provided across the continuum of care from the community to the health facility. Using the opportunities of electronic communication, such tools can contribute to the quality of care, share information across the various levels of care provision, and empower women and families.
Together, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the World Health Organization have developed a framework and series of tool kits to make it easier for low- and middle-income countries to improve the collection and use of health information to benefit women’s and children’s health. The present study builds on this framework to be the first of its kind to assess the benefits of this type of programme in improving the quality of care in rural Bangladesh.
PMT: Frederik Frøen / Anisur Rahman