MANAGING DATA WITH DHIS2: IMPROVING HEALTH COMMODITIES REPORTING AND DECISION MAKING IN KENYA
by Yvonne Otieno, Tom Arunga
Photo credit: Yvonne Otieno/MSH
An effective reporting system for health commodities is critical to ensure accountability, enable informed decision making, and provide timely access to information.
USING DHIS2 TO MANAGE DATA FOR MALARIA COMMODITIES
To help improve reporting in Kenya, the Ministry of Health in 2010 approved the use of the District Health Information System (DHIS2) to report on malaria commodities at the sub-national level. DHIS2 is a free and open-source computer software typically used to monitor health indicators for a national health system. Collecting and analyzing data helps to improve health outcomes by enabling evidence-informed decision making, rather than basing decisions on intuition or broad estimates. DHIS2 supports different facets of the information cycle including data collection, quality assurance, dissemination, reporting, and analysis.
With support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Health Commodities and Services Management (HCSM) program, led by MSH and partners, Kenya’s Malaria Control Unit transitioned its reporting system to DHIS2 in October 2012.
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