Jembi is a non-profit company based in South Africa focusing on the development of eHealth and strengthening health information systems (HIS) in developing countries. Jembi is regarded as one of the leading specialist health information systems organisations in Africa and has core competencies in the following areas of health information systems development and implementation: enterprise and systems architecture for health, and the analysis, design and development of software for health systems.

Jembi’s Head Office is based in Westlake, Cape Town, South Africa and it has a research laboratory within the School of Computer Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa, and country offices in Mozambique and Rwanda.  Jembi receives funding from the international donor community and is currently supported by grants and contracts from the International Development Research Center (IDRC), the Rockefeller Foundation, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR). Jembi also works in partnership with other African NGOs and directly under contract.

Where Implemented

Jembi has implemented systems in South Africa, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

Contribution to eHealth in Africa

Jembi promotes eHealth in Africa and plans to play more of a role in South Africa by reusing many of the technologies, products and services already developed regionally in other parts of Southern and Eastern Africa.

South Africa

Jembi’s eHealth programme is the technical core of the organisation: research and technical innovation starts with this team.  In partnership with the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA), Jembi developed an Athlete Monitoring and Assessment System (OpenAMAS), based on OpenMRS. Over the past year Jembi has supported this live system as SSISA steadily increased the size of the user base. This resulted in requests for additional functionality from individual athletes, team management and coaches and the SSISA staff themselves as the benefits of having a system that tracks and reports training and testing information ecome more apparent. The system will soon be launched as an option for any individual who wishes to track and monitor his or her exercise activity and receive feedback from the SSISA biokineticists on how to improve their performance and avoid injury. More information can be found here.


In 2008, as part of the MOASIS programme, and together with the Mozambican Ministry of Health, Jembi started the implementation of a revised death certification process and set up of a Hospital Mrotality System based on ICD-10 and supported by locally developed software (SIS-ROH). More information can be found here.


In Rwanda, the majority of Jembi’s work focused on the delivery of the Rwanda Health Information Exchange (RHIE). The aim of the RHIE project is to improve the provision of antenatal care for pregnant woman in Rwanda through the creation of a health information exchange that will facilitate the transfer of health records between health services and health facilities. More information can be found here.

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