In September 2016, Jembi CEO, Prof Chris Seebregts, participated in an Interagency Advisory Meeting on Guideline and Implementation Toolkit for Digital Strategies for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) in Geneva.
The meeting was convened by the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research that includes HRP – the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research in Human Reproduction. Work sessions were facilitated by PATH and included representatives from several other organisations, such as Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and UNICEF.
Jembi’s involvement was based on its experiences in RMNCH and the development of a Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Digitisation Guidebook. Seebregts explained: “In South Africa, Jembi has been part of a Task Team, convened by the National Department of Health (NDOH), and has contributed to the development of the digital platform for MomConnect, a mobile maternal health promotion system with other partners, including HISP-SA and Praekelt Foundation (http://www.health.gov.za/index.php/mom-connect).”
The Interagency group developing the RMNCAH Toolkit plans to include experiences of successful implementations, such as MomConnect, in the development of the Toolkit. In addition to the digital platform, the leadership of the NDOH and the collaboration with donors, universities and private organisations are key factors in the success of national initiatives.
He also said: “Jembi’s experiences, with PLAN International, in the development of the CRVS Digitisation Guidebook (www.crvs-dgb.org), coordinated by the Africa Programme for Accelerated Improvement of CRVS (APAI-CRVS), UNECA and the African Development Bank was also valuable in this context. We hope to create a link between the RMNCAH Toolkit and the CRVS Guidebook to strengthen digital support for integration between these two important domains.”