Jordan’s Ministry of Health (MoH), in collaboration with GHD/EMPHNET, is establishing the harmonized Reproductive Health Registry (hRHR)—a global initiative to improve maternal and child health. Adapted to the local context, Jordan’s hRHR aims to improve maternal and child health through enhancing data quality and data collection techniques.
In Amman, Jordan, between August 6 and 14, 2018, GHD/EMPHNET conducted three workshops for the purposes of establishing the hRHR in Jordan. The workshops were conducted on several focus areas. These areas highlighted systems for collection and data quality of RMNCAH (reproductive, maternal neonatal, child, and adolescent health) services; issues related to information technology and currently used information systems; and the legal framework, including laws, legislation, policies, procedures. Focus was also given to ethical and gender considerations and a separate discussion session with qualitative open-ended questions was dedicated to a gender framework for RMNCAH.
Participants in these workshops were from different sectors providing reproductive health services. These included Central, MoH, hospitals, healthcare clinics, ICT specialists, legal specialists, and participants representing academic and research institutions, security department, Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) residents, and PhD students from the University of Jordan.
Each workshop was divided into two parts and was conducted using different methodological approaches. The first part focused on structured questions concerning content relevant to the focus areas mentioned above. Most questions allowed participants to interact with each other to discuss the situation further and to provide comments.
The second part of each workshop covered the SWOT analysis, which is a qualitative approach for documenting strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities of the existing system. Information obtained through this exercise will effectively serve the development of a strategic plan of action for the implementation of the hRHR in Mafraq. It will serve to generate evidence for further expansion.
Furthermore, participants also sat through a session on situational analysis. The process of conducting the situation analysis in Mafraq areas was guided by using the situation analysis questionnaire which helped identify technical needs and contextual factors that could potentially affect the establishment of an electronic registry for maternal and child health.
The Situational Analysis tool provided a framework that paved the way for investigators to gain insights on three domains related to operational functions of the electronic registry.