Jembi Health Systems and the University Eduardo Mondlane have been partners for over 10 years in the quest to build a centre of excellence and local expertise in the realm of information systems through the Moasis project. This vision has turned into a reality since 2008, and it has now been given an official stamp of approval by both entities through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding highlighting 6 crucial areas of cooperation in the fields of digital health, interoperable information systems, “one health”, veterinary and environment health.
Maputo, Mozambique – December 2017 – The Moasis project supported by Jembi Health Systems started at the University of Eduardo Mondlane with the development of the first mortality information system (SIS-ROH) developed by a small group of informatics students who are all today senior developers. The aim was to expand the OASIS (Open Architecture Standards and Information Systems) network across Mozambique by building local capacity and a centre of excellence in the realm of digital health. It is safe to say that part of that mission has been fulfilled through the Jembi/UEM-Moasis south-south cooperation model over the past 8 years. This collaboration between Jembi and UEM has led to the growth of the organization from 4 staff, most of them UEM students, in its first year to 30 local specialized staff in Maputo and 6 provinces in 8 years.
The joint work has led to support to the Ministry of Health in the design, development, implementation and maintenance of most national health information systems nationwide, training of over 1500 staff of the national health system, the introduction of WHO ICD-10 classification of diseases in Mozambique, including the introduction for the first time in the world a country-appropriate short-list of ICD-10 codes, production of reliable of health statistics reports and discussion of data contributing to the national economic and social plan as well as the strategic plan of the health sector. In addition to the health sector, Jembi/UEM-Moasis has been 1) supporting the Ministry of Justice in CRVS reform processes, 2) strengthening monitoring and evaluation capacity in the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Affairs, 3) collaborating with the Ministry of Labour to provide internship opportunities to local university students and young professionals. Jembi Health Systems has also led several national projects, workshops, seminars, conferences, and publications in collaboration with various local, regional and international institutions.
The MoU was signed in Maputo by UEM rector, Professor Orlando António Quilambo and Jembi CEO, Dr. Christopher Seebregts. Under this MoU both parties commit to further strengthen their cooperation for the coming years in these six crucial areas: 1) research and development; 2) technical assistance in the development and use of tools such as DHIS2 to the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Affairs, other ministries, national and international organizations; 3) Capacity building through the provision of opportunities to interns and participation in post graduate programs at UEM; 4) Resource Mobilization to secure regional and international funding ; 5) partnerships with the public, private and academic sectors at the national, regional and international levels; 6) joint research and development institute.