eRegistry and care

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.

Project Management Team

Principal Investigator
J. FREDERIK FRØEN is the current Head of Research and former Director of the Department of International Health as well as the head of the reproductive, maternal and child health team at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He was a co-founder and former chair of the International Stillbirth Alliance, as well as an executive committee member and lead author of both the Lancet Stillbirth series (2011) and the Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirths series (2016). He is a former Fulbright visiting professor of maternal-fetal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA and visiting lecturer in obstetrics at Harvard Medical School. He received PhDs in pediatrics and obstetrics from the University of Oslo.
Co-Principal Investigator
ANISUR RAHMAN is a medical doctor who obtained his PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden and has been working as Head of the Matlab Health Research Centre of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. Rahman has more than 25 years of experience as a clinician and public health researcher. His main areas of research are arsenic exposure and reproductive health, preterm and stillbirth issues, quality of care during the pregnancy, delivery and post-partum periods, and implementation research related to improving perinatal health. He leads several projects funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, by Globvac, Norway, by Uppsala University and by USAID.






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Country: Bangladesh