Appreciating local variations in standardising health care data collection processes and tools: A case of health management information system in Tanzania

The need for integration of health information systems as realised in the 90s by the developing countries resulted into deliberate standardisation initiatives. Software systems, human resources, procedures, and data collection tools were all subjected to standardisation. This standardisation, however, has been so absolute that the local and permanent variations were not taken into consideration. This […]

Access to emergency hospital care provided by the public sector in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015: a geocoded inventory and spatial analysis

We assembled a geocoded inventory of public hospitals across 48 countries and islands of sub-Saharan Africa, including Zanzibar, using data from various sources. The full database that supports the findings of this study are available from the Kenya Medical Research Institute Wellcome Trust Research Programme’s Population Health page in the Harvard Dataverse, http://DOI:10.7910/DVN/JTL9VY We only included […]

Lancet critique of global estimates

Monitoring country progress and achievements by making global predictions: is the tail wagging the dog? – Ties Boerma, Cesar Victora, Carla Abouzahr We call for a repositioning of the production of global estimates, and the transition from MDGs to SDGs provides an opportunity to do so. Neither country policy makers nor the global development community […]

Tanzania’s Health Data Collaborative: A plan for the interoperability of all data on health

The Tanzania Health Data Collaborative was formally launched in Dar es Salaam this week The government on Wednesday signed a health data collaborative communique with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and development partners group with a focus to support the plans to improve the quality of health data and health information systems. Following the signing […]

OpenLMIS Streamlines Reporting and Reduces Stockout Risk in Malawi 

On August 17, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project rolled out OpenLMIS 3.0, a new web-based application replacing the increasingly cumbersome legacy database system, Supply Chain Manager (SCMgr). OpenLMIS simplifies and expedites the process for health facilities and service providers to report on health commodities in stock and in […]

Zambia improves real-time tracking of vaccines, reduces stock outs

In Zambia, spreadsheets, paper registries and phone calls were once the only way for staff in the Ministry of Health, based in the capital Lusaka, to know if district and provincial health facilities and warehouses had adequate supply of vaccines. Since none of the supply registries were connected to the national warehouse, reporting was never […]

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