Jordan Ministry of Health and EMPHNET Collaborate to Enhance Maternal and Child Health in Mafraq
Jordan’s Ministry of Health, in collaboration with GHD/EMPHNET, is establishing the harmonized Reproductive Health Registry (hRHR)—a global initiative to improve maternal and child health that is adapted to Jordan context. Jordan’s harmonized Reproductive Health Registry (hRHR) aims at improving maternal and child health through the improvement of data quality and data collection techniques.
At this stage, the harmonized Reproductive Health Registry (hRHR) will be implemented and, meanwhile, studied in Mafraq Governorate. As the second largest governorate that hosts the largest ratio of Syrian refugees in the Kingdom, Mafraq was also targeted for piloting hRHR as there are various types of health facilities scattered throughout the governorate, including military, private, and public hospitals, NGO-managed and private health centers and clinics.
As the first bold step towards the successful implementation of this project, Jordan Ministry of Health established its Technical Steering Committee to support the implementation of hRHR in Mafraq. The first meeting of the mentioned Technical Steering Committee was held on May 8, 2018, where the committee members had a detailed discussion over the project goals and objectives and the immediate next steps, including the timeline of activities for the preparatory phase of the project.
The successful implementation of this project is expected to result in improved data quality which can benefit not only the Ministry of Health but also the health care providers and community members through improved access and utilization of information, better decision making, better utilization of resources, and improved monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of relevant health programs.
This project is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), which is part of the Canadian government’s foreign affairs and development efforts towards supporting research in developing countries to create real and lasting change.
In the long run once the most feasible and effective implementation strategy is identified, the hRHR is intended to be scaled up as a national country-wide program through the support of the hRHR Technical Steering Committee.