Ed Duffus of Plan International presented the OpenCRVS (www.opencrvs.org) prototype, which was developed in collaboration with Jembi, to a number of interested parties, including the World Bank, UNICEF, PMO Bangladesh, Bloomberg Data for Health, and AeHIN at the 2017 3rd Regional Steering Group meeting. The meeting was held in Bangkok Thailand from the 18th – 20th of October and was hosted by ESCAP. The Regional Steering Group provides guidance for the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on Civil registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific.
Jembi’s technical team worked closely with the Plan team to develop OpenCRVS, focusing on the interoperability aspect to show how data from the healthcare domain, such as immunisation data, can be utilised as a source of information for birth notifications or other vital events. Today OpenCRVS is a working prototype that is used to demonstrate to stakeholders and potential funders how an open source CRVS system could be utilised to improve vital events registration coverage, streamline civil registration and vital statistics processes, monitor performance, and integrate data from multiple systems with a particular focus on linkages to the health domain. The OpenCRVS solution leverages Jembi’s OpenHIM (www.openhim.org) and HEARTH tools that form part of the OpenHIE reference technology solutions.