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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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Friday, March 23 • 2:20pm - 3:05pm
Using Routine Health Data in Innovative Ways to Inform Evidence-Based Decision Making

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Programme and line managers at National and Provincial health departments in South Africa have not had exposure to DHIS 2 and are, therefore, not using it to analyze the data for both data quality and performance.  They do not know how to use the information for generating reports and for planning and implementing interventions to improve health.  In this session, Jenni Brown from HISP will talk about a training programme that was developed and implemented to use routine data in DHIS 2 in innovative ways to provide managers with a wealth of information on which to base their management decisions.
The aim of the program is to develop managers’ skills to use existing data and information in DHIS 2 for Evidence-Based Health Results Management (EBHRM) which includes Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting & Feedback (MERF) to achieve health goals and optimize health program performance aimed at increasing life expectancy.

Through this programme, managers are being trained to apply existing Systems Theory, Logic and Result Frameworks and Epidemiological principles of prevention to categorize existing indicators in the South African routine information database into a results framework to inform EBHRM and MERF at all levels of the South African Health Care Services. Managers are also being trained on DHIS 2  reporting functionality using graphs, maps, and color-coded tables to populate a dashboard that displays the data according to the results framework principles taught in the course.

EBHRM training packages were developed for various focus areas:
  • Reducing perinatal mortality
  • PMTCT
  • HAST
  • Hospital services
Managers at national and provincial levels were trained and are being supported to use DHIS 2 and apply the results framework when planning, monitoring and reporting.This approach is being used as the method of choice to promote the use of information amongst programme and line managers in South Africa.  The training will be offered down to the facility level. 

Speakers
avatar for Jenni Brown

Jenni Brown

Project Manager, HISP SA
Ms. Jenni Brown is a professional nurse and qualified district health manager. During her 18 years of service in the Joe Gqabi district municipality, she gained extensive experience in the management of public primary health care services, health information systems management and... Read More →


Friday March 23, 2018 2:20pm - 3:05pm PDT
Balcony D Room