Training, Mentoring & Support

A key challenge identified by the District Health Management Information System Policy (DHMIS) policy is the “lack of human resource development and career pathing for health information personnel

One of the DoH priorities supported by HISP is development of a Health Informatics career path / health information management qualification. Because the DHIS is the routine national health information system, the HI career path should prepare DoH staff and other stakeholders to participate in strengthening the HIS to produce valid, reliable data and information where and when needed for evidence-based health system decision-making.

With the increasing demand for intensive capacity building by National Department of Health, NGO’s  and Health officials, HISP has expanded the range of HIS related modules and supported the development of a Health Informatics career path / health information management qualification by:

Building capacities in:

Computer literacy, health information systems, data quality, data analysis and monitoring & evaluation

Supporting the development of:

Data Capturer, Health Care Provider, Information Officers, Facility, Line and District Managers.

Monitoring and developing HIS related modules on:

  1. Computer Literacy for Health care workers using Microsoft Office
  2. Computer Literacy for Health care workers using Open Office
  3. Data Quality and Use of Information for Data Capturers
  4. DHIS Web Based Level 1
  5. DHIS Web Based Daily Data Capture
  6. RIPDA (Rapid Internal Performance Data Audit)
  7. National Data Dictionary
  8. GIS (Geographical Information Systems)
  9. Pre-submission data validation
  10. Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation (Management)
  11. Evidence-based Monitoring and Evaluation

Course Brochures

Working with UNISA to develop:

A Health Informatics (HI) Career Path with several exit points for example certificates or diplomas and a degree and potentially a post-basic degree at a later stage.

Sponsoring selected Health Workers for UNISA DHIS2 Foundation course:

Each year UNISA runs the DHIS2 Foundation course over two semesters and HISP sponsors a certain number of bursaries per semester.

Developing eLearning courses:

The online courses support facility staff with WebDHIS capturing, validation and reporting and with the WebDHIS Daily Data Capture.

Running scheduled training courses at HISP Pretoria Office each year:

Due to various requests for different HIS related skills, we aim to run 4 courses a year to address these requirements.   Learn more.

Working with University of Western Cape (UWC) Winter School programme:

Since 2000 we have been a key role player in providing short courses in South Africa at the UWC School of Public Health Winter (and previously Summer) School such as:

  • Using Information to Manage Hospitals
  • DHIS 1.4 Intermediate and Advanced
  • WebDHIS Introduction
  • GIS courses

Maintaining a Training Database:

A newly established training database allows us to capture learner’s details and their assessments and evaluations in order to monitor their immediate progress and track the training they have received.

HISP was accredited by the Health and Welfare (Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) in October 2014.

Over the last three years – 13 190 participants have benefited from the training by HISP both in and out of South Africa.

Years DRC South Africa South Sudan Zimbabwe
2013 143 5709 70
2014 99 4851 62 36
2015 46 3078 325
Grand Total 288 13 638 457 36

It is clear that South Africa needs a HI career path leading into formal qualifications including certificates, diplomas and degrees and it is hoped that HISP SA with the support of various key role players like SAQA, UNISA and other educational Institutes and NGO’s can play a large role in accomplishing this.