OMRS19/OMRS20 Host Country Location

Hi everyone!

This year, two countries applied to host our annual Implementer’s Conference: Mozambique and Nepal.

In the application, we asked countries submitting applications to host our Implementer’s Conference to tell us if they had a preference for hosting the conference in 2019 or 2020. This has a number of advantages when it comes to planning: The OMRS20 country can address any feedback on their applications, be a part of the OMRS19 planning team to get a sense of what hosting the conference entails, we can announce the OMRS20 location at OMRS19, sponsors can plan their donations well in advance, etc. In the first half of 2020, we’ll ask host countries to apply for OMRS21.

Back to this year: Mozambique is interested in hosting OMRS19, while Nepal has made a compelling case for hosting OMRS20. You can review each country’s application:

As a reminder, here is the hosting criteria:

  1. Significant local OpenMRS community activity, that is, a presence of regional community with the country, hackathons, long-standing community membership e.t.c.
  2. Country helps support long-term strategic interests of the OpenMRS community
  3. Easy access, that is, good international airport, liberal visa policies, local transportation.
  4. Availability of travel and hotel infrastructure suitable to host the meeting.
  5. Provision of good security throughout the conference.
  6. Commitment to OpenMRS as a network, regional, or country level platform for patient-level record keeping.
  7. Strong local hosting organization with an ability to engage local resources/sponsorship
  8. Underserved environment.
  9. Willingness to host OpenMRS clinical site visits.

We want to know your thoughts about hosting OMRS19 in Mozambique, and then OMRS20 in Nepal. Please ask questions and share your feedback by Friday, May 10.


Basing on the application made by the two countries relating with the highlighted criteria, they both fit to host the conference. I just pray that the Cyclone won’t hit Mozambique again. @jennifer thanks for the good work.

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