eRegistry Support

eRegistries: Electronic registries with interactive checklist and clinical decision support to improve quality of antenatal care in Palestine

Better data on health status and quality of healthcare are crucial to address bottlenecks in achieving universal health coverage and producing better policies for health. eRegistries are designed to increase the availability and timely use of routine maternal and child health (MCH) data, as data is consistently captured and the eRegistries are strategically designed to inform decisionmaking. They therefore enable care providers to perform interventions based on the client’s actual health needs, and allow for better-informed planning. Thus, eRegistries serve the dual purpose of patient management and public health monitoring.

The Palestinian National Institute of Public Health (PNIPH)/WHO is, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Palestine, currently rolling out a nationwide MCH eRegistry. The national implementation of the MCH eRegistry includes cluster randomized controlled trials led by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, designed and monitored in collaboration with CISMAC. The first ongoing trial will assess if the MCH eRegistry with interactive checklists and clinical decision support can improve the quality of antenatal care. The trial includes 120 health centres (clusters). The US Institute of Medicine’s domains of quality of care, namely: safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, timeliness, efficiency and equity will be used to evaluate quality of care. 

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
BUTHAINA GHANEM has more than 23 years of professional working experience in managing different health programs mainly in the areas of Public Health, Epidemiology, International Health Regulations and Reproductive Health. She worked in MOH Palestine between 1993 til 2001, then joined WHO Emergency Coordination office in Pakistan followed by WHO Afghanistan office as a public health officer. In 2003 she joined WHO Iraq as an Epidemiologist for almost ten years, before joining WHO Jordan as coordinator for the health facility assessment conducted to study the burden on Jordan health system due to the Syrian crisis. Currently Ghanem serves as team leader for the MCH e-Registry at World Health Organization office/ Palestinian National Institute of Public Health.






Jørn Braa


Kjersti Mørkrid Blom-Bakke



Jens Kaasbøll





Rand Salmon







Binyam Bungudo




Mahima Venkateswara


Country: Palestine