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BAO Systems and the University of Oslo are excited to welcome you to the 4th annual DHIS 2 Symposium! 

2018 Symposium Themes: 

The global digital health space is moving at a rapid pace, making exponential gains within the last few years.  It’s hard to imagine that after only 10 years of development, DHIS 2 is being implemented in 87 countries and Indian states, with 53 operating at national scale.  This kinetic global expansion of DHIS 2 has led to exciting collaborations and partnerships that are working to improve LMIC health systems.  

And yet we know that there is still work to be done to improve these systems.  

In our 4th DHIS 2 Symposium, we’ll look closely at how international partnerships between NGOs and governments are supporting national systems strengthening through technical support that ultimately improves the use of DHIS 2 and how this work is bringing us closer to harmonized data.

But beyond national systems, there is still exciting innovation happening all around us.  We’ll spend time looking at Android mobile applications and hear from the UiO about efforts to overhaul and re-develop the applications.  Biometrics are making concrete gains in development work and we’ll hear how they can be incorporated into DHIS 2.

Other topics to be explored include:  

  • What work is being done around using DHIS 2 for the Sustainable Development Goals and how can we move that work forward?

  • How is data used in concrete ways to drive decision-making, course-correction and drive impact of your programs?

  • How is integration with other systems like LMIS and EMRs improving national systems?

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Thursday, March 22 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Does DHIS 2 Contribute to "leave no one behind"? The example of Tropical Diseases and the Sustainable Development Goals

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The Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) affect and are affected by many of the other development areas covered under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Fighting against the NTDs, which affect the “poorest of the poor” obviously is in line with SDGs’ motto “Leaving no one behind”. But NTDs are more specifically targeted by health-related SDG goal 3.

The target 3.3 to “end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and NTDs” has an NTDs-specific indicator which is the indicator 3.3.5 “Number of people requiring interventions against NTDs”. This indicator is conceptualized as the number of people requiring treatment and care, i.e. the average annual number of people requiring mass treatment known as preventive chemotherapy and the number of new cases requiring individual treatment and care for at least one NTD, which is simplified as the number of cases.

The target 3.8 to “Achieve universal health coverage” has a coverage indicator based on trace intervention that includes infectious diseases. NTDs could be a perfect tracer for infectious diseases, along with tuberculosis effective treatment, HIV antiretroviral treatment, insecticide-treated net (ITN) coverage for malaria prevention and improved water source and adequate sanitation. The NTD coverage index is a composite indicator which reflects the access to both preventive and curative treatment.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is accountable for reporting and monitoring these SDGs indicators. This implies defining precisely the indicators, supporting the countries in collecting the required quality data that will enable the calculation of these indicators, compiling and disseminating these indicators to the international community.

Since 2015, the Department of Control of NTDs at the WHO has been developing and implementing the world Information System to Control and Eliminate NTDs. The aim of this global information system is to
enable WHO to monitor progress towards control, elimination, and eradication of NTDs. One of its sub-systems is the WHO integrated data platform, based on DHIS 2. Through this online platform, the NTD
department at WHO aims at 1/ building a global data warehouse where all data shared by the countries will be stored, compiles, analysed, discussed and disseminated and 2/ supporting endemic countries in strengthening all surveillance-related tasks for NTDs, from data standardization and collection, to data use and dissemination.

In this context, the NTD department has developed standardized indicators to be monitored, defined the minimum aggregated and individual data to be collected to be able to calculate those indicators and has translated this into DHIS 2 metadata (data elements, indicators, data sets, programs...). This
metadata is now available to any country which would like to integrate NTDs in their national DHIS 2 instance. Moreover, the NTDs-related SDGs indicators are calculated based on the data shared by the countries and shared with WHO through the WHO integrated data platform. An SDGs dashboard has been created to enable the visualization and discussion of SDGs indicators related to NTDs for internal users of this platform. A DHIS 2-based web portal has also been created to enable a timely and efficient dissemination of those indicators to the international community.

In the last few years, the adoption of DHIS 2 by countries and by the department of control of NTDs at WHO helped to strengthen NTDs surveillance, improving NTDs indicators reporting, use and dissemination and making NTDs and its affected population more visible.

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Donna Medeiros

Senior Digital Health Architect and Policy Advisor, Asian Development Bank
Donna Medeiros has led health information technology collaborative efforts for 25+ years in countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the America convening ministries and partners to move forward national, regional and global systems including in DHIS 2... Read More →

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Lise Grout

Technical officer, WHO
I am an vet epidemiologist working as epidemiologist, data manager and M&E officer at the department of control of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.Since 2016, we have been working on developing standards metadata for case management-NTDs... Read More →

Thursday March 22, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am PDT
Academy Hall