Strengthen data systems for health and countries’ capacities for analysis and use

Strengthen data systems for health and countries’ capacities for analysis and use

Strengthening health information systems is critical to establishing a resilient and sustainable system for health. Having quality data, in a timely manner, is necessary for governments to both respond quickly to changing circumstances while Integrating multiple data collection systems into one single national integrated health management information system (HMIS) improves decision-making and accountability, from individual health care workers in the community to sub-national, national, regional and global policy makers. Capacity development can include:

  1. Routine information systems: The establishment, maintenance and strengthening of national HMIS, district health information system (DHIS), mobile platforms for community level data collection and reporting, and reporting forms and tools with appropriate disaggregation of indicators.
  2. Program and data quality: Activities related to assessments of data quality, as well as monitoring of quality improvement activities.
  3. Evaluations, reviews, data analysis and use: including programme reviews and evaluations, data analysis, interpretation and use of programmatic and epidemiological data.
  4. Surveys and studies: related to assessment of morbidity, mortality, service coverage and bio- behavioural surveys/studies in general populations or identified populations at risk.
  5. Administration and financing of data systems: Establishing systems for periodic reporting on key health administrative and service availability statistics.
  6. Activities related to establishing and/or strengthening and scale up of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics systems such as: integration of mortality reporting into HMIS/DHIS 2 or the establishment of SMS system of reporting.

For more information on critical M&E capacities go to the M&E Functional Capacity Page.