OpenMRS Installations & Users in Africa

Peter GroenThe OpenMRS community is working to apply health information technologies (HIT) to solve problems, primarily in resource-challenged environments.  It is  a proud, global community of developers, implementers, funders, and users all trying to make the world a better place by using their expertise to improve the health and wellness of people around the globe. See map of OpenMRS Installations.

OpenMRS is a free, open-source electronic medical record (EMR) system.  All of the core resources that make up the system are open source and freely available. OpenMRS is programmed in Java and the core application works through a web-browser. The back end database is currently in MySQL.

As of 2012, OpenMRS was in use at over 100 facilities in more than 30 countries and had been used to record over 2 million patient records around the world. OpenMRS is now in use around the world including South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Haiti, India, China, United States, Pakistan, the Philippines, and a growing number of nations around the world.

Based on the information and map posted on the OpenMRS web site, the following is a summary of the OpenMRS Installations in Africa:

• Botswana National TB Control Programme
• Koegni-eHealth in Cameroon
• Medical Research Council (UK) - The Gambia
• Connaught Hospital – Sierra Leone
• Mali Health Organizing Project
• Millennium Villages Projects (3 sites) – Mali
• Millennium Villages Project (1 site) - Nigeria
• Millennium Villages Project (1 site) – Senegal
• Millennium Villages Project (1 site)- Ethiopia
• Millennium Villages Project (1 site) – Ghana
• Ghana Health Service
• Shehu Idris College of Health Sciences & Technology - Nigeria
• CANTAM Project - Congo
• Antananarivo - Madagascar
• Partners In Health (1 site) – Rwanda
• TRACplus Clinic - Rwanda
• Millennium Villages Project (1 site) – Rwanda
• Moi + Medical Missions for Children – Rwanda
• Partners In Health (1 site) - Mozambique
• Partners In Health (1 site) – Malawi
• St. Gabriel's Hospital - Malawi
• Baobab Health Partnership - Malawi
• OASIS: South African Medical Research Council
• Lumumba Health Centre - Kenya
• Millennium Villages Project (2 sites) – Kenya
• AMPATH - Kenya
• Jembi Headoffice – South Africa
• Frontier Hospital – South Africa
• Africa Centre PCIS – South Africa
• University of South Africa
• SAMedical Research Council/UKZN – South Africa
• University of the Free State Department of Virology – South Africa
• Partners In Health (1 site) – Lesotho
• Monyetla Centre – Lesotho
• University of Dar es Salaam (3 sites) - Tanzania
• Ministry of Health and Social Welfare - Tanzania
• Millennium Villages Project (1 site) – Tanzania
• Opportunistic Infection Clinic – Zimbabwe
• OASIS: South African Medical Research Council - Zimbabwe
• City Medical Center – Uganda
• Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organisation - Uganda
• Masaka Regional Referral Hospital - Uganda
• Millennium Villages Project – Uganda
• Immune Suppression Syndrome (ISS) Clinic - Uganda
• Kagando Hospital - Uganda

Also, check out the following key organizations actively involved with the implementation of OpenMRS in Africa:

• Millennium Villages Project -
• Jembi Health Systems - 
• Partners In Health -

To learn more about the global OpenMRS community and how it is working together to build one of the world's leading open source electronic medical record (EMR) system platforms, visit the OpenMRS web site.  Plan on attending the 2013 OpenMRS Implementers Meeting in Eldoret, Kenya -  October 8-11, 2013.

Also, for more information, see collected news & information about OpenMRS  posted on the Open Health News web site.


Latest update from Africa -

Latest update from Africa - at this moment WildLife Care International is about to implement OpenMRS/CAPTUR in Mwatate Subdistrict Hospital and Moi Voi District Hospital, Kenya. Look at for more details.

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