The MCH handbook began in Japan and has spread to Africa and other developing countries. The benefits have been enormous in terms of recording the health of mothers and children and the growth of their children. On the other hand, in the case of paper-based operation, it does not reflect the benefit to public health, and by extension, to the mother and child. In these days of digitalization, it is desirable to build a system that can benefit as many mothers and children as possible by using smartphones to grasp the health of mothers and children as a mass, with complete coverage (so that no one is left behind). To achieve this, all parties involved in the MCH handbook and the registration of mothers and children must have a shared understanding and devise a system that will benefit individual mothers and children and the mass of mothers and children. In other words, it should be a system that enables the handbook to play a public health role in addition to its current position. It should be used to plan maternal and child health care and measure and evaluate policies. It is also necessary to protect personal information since it contains a lot of personal information.

It is necessary to build a platform to share such development information and establish a system that allows developers, users, government officials, and medical personnel to participate in the development. In response to the TICAD8, Japan, promoting the MCH handbook worldwide, should take the initiative to unite all concerned parties worldwide. Therefore, we decided to hold this side event to share information and gather ideas to fulfill the next step.

Core Message

The core message is to maximize the benefits to mothers and children individually and collectively in Africa and to consolidate the skills, knowledge, and experience of those involved in the Maternal and Child Health Handbook and Maternal and Child Registry with a view to digitization.


  1. To establish a platform to enable developers and users to discuss the digitization of the MCH handbook and the MCH registry.
  2. To determine the subsequent actions for the digitization of the MCH handbook and the MCH registry.
  3. To accelerate the development and utilization of the digitalization of the MCH handbook and the MCH registry.

Expected Effects

  1. Efficient development of the MCH handbook and the MC registry and a better understanding of the development and use of such a system;
  2. All mothers and children will benefit from the digitalization of the MCH handbook, including those who cannot use the digitalized MCH handbook and still use the paper MCH handbook;
  3. Services for maternal and child health at the national and regional levels will be improved;
  4. Efficiency gains from maternal and child health donors and improved services for mothers and children.


Master of Ceremony: Dr. Mizuki KatoSenior resident, Cancer Control Center, Osaka International Cancer Institute


Welcome speeches

Opening remarks

Panelists’ introduction and short presentations (40 min: 10min for each team)

Facilitator: Ms. Kaoi Nakasa, NGO Rocinantes

Panel discussion (20min)

Finalization and action plan adoption

Closing remarks

Date and time

Date : September 15, 2022
Time : From 17:30 -19:15 (Japanese time)



Supporting organizations

  • Cabinet Office
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Digital Agency
  • The Lion Standing Against the Wind Fund Foundation


English(Simultaneous interpretation into Japanese available)
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