August 9, 2016


The eRegistries Initiative utilizes research findings to inform the development and deployment of eRegistries.

Photo: NIPH.

Scientific basis

Formative research for the eRegistries Initiative has involved comprehensive literature searches, systematic reviews, and international surveys of public health officials and health care providers on the status of maternal and child health registry systems in high burden countries.

The eRegistries Initiative capitalizes on the WHO essential interventions for maternal and child health. These interventions were prioritized by WHO based on consensus over their potential for significant impact, their suitability for implementation in low- and middle-income countries and the capacity for health service provision throughout the health sector.

Research studies

The national Palestinian implementation involves research studies in both Gaza and the West Bank. Studies include cluster randomized controlled trials that are designed and monitored in collaboration with the Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health (CISMAC) to ensure high quality processes. Research topics include:

  • eRegQual: integrated clinical decision and workflow support (this cRCT is underway as of January 2017)
  • eRegCom: feedback and benchmarking of care providers for improving quality of care (this cRCT is expected to begin in Autumn 2017)
  • eRegCom: behavior change communication with tailored text messages to women (this cRCT is expected to begin in Autumn 2017)

In Bangladesh, the research will assess the combined impact of an eRegistry with a quality improvement program within government facilities in the Matlab area of Bangladesh. Enrollment is scheduled to begin in late September of 2017.

Projects and Grants

  • The harmonized Reproductive Health Registries (hRHR): An initiative to improve data for maternal and child health initiatives – funded in 2011 by NORAD.
  • Every Mother & Child counts: Implementing harmonized reproductive health registries (eMomc) – funded by NORAD in 2013.
  • The harmonized Reproductive Health Registry Communication Strategies: Using Health Data to Empower Women and Health Systems – funded in 2013 under GLOBVAC.
  • A New Paradigm for Public Health Surveillance:  Unlocking the Potential to Empower Women and Health Systems (HEALTHMPOWR) – funded by the European Research Council in 2013.
  • Strengthening the extension of RMNCH services in Bangladesh with an electronic health registry: A cluster randomized controlled trial – was funded in 2015 under GLOBVAC.