As your introduction to the health information field, you are cordially
invited to an introduction course in district health systems (using
DHIS) this coming Thursday at 14:15 - 16:00 at room 207
The topics covered will include:
- The structure of health districts
- Health data flow
- Use of information for decisionmaking
Two Ph.d candidates, Calu and Humberto, have graciously agreed to do
this course for us on a short notice.
Braa J, Heywood A, King MS:
"District level information systems: two cases from South Africa"
The health system in South Africa has to date been fragmented and
centralised. The priority of the new government is to establish an
integrated and decentralised district health system of which a key
element is the development of district health and management
information systems (H & MIS). This paper presents experiences from two
projects in the Western Cape in which a process to establish a
district-based H & MIS was initiated and a situation analysis of the
information systems was done. The two projects applied different
research methods but the results show with remarkable consistency that
much time is used on data collection, but information is not used at
local level. The projects have applied different approaches towards
developing a district H & MIS but in both important pre-requisites for
a successful, action-led H & MIS include local ownership and
motivation, a process based around existing local management structures
and the active involvement of the community.
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