Project focus: Strengthen the South African national health information system to improve implementation of the country’s HIV and AIDS programme. Under the Khuphukani project, we provide technical assistance to strengthen the South African government’s National Health Information System and its capacity to accurately, efficiently, and effectively manage and monitor the HIV and AIDS programs’ progress towards epidemic control at the national, sub-national, and facility-levels.
Our technical assistance package includes:
Providing implementation support for the eHealth strategy, District Health Management Information Systems and Health Normative Standards Framework policies and guidelines, with a strong focus on working towards interoperability across health information systems.
- Ensuring transfer of skills for sustainability through extensive capacity building initiatives, mentorship and implementation support at all levels of the healthcare system.
- Supporting and strengthening governance structures for data management and building a culture of continuous data quality improvement, evidence based decision making and data-driven healthcare management.
A key focus of this project was to transition all nine provinces to the DHIS2 software after the Department of Health had approved the DHIS2 as the national health information system into which all health data from other systems should feed.
We are also working closely with staff at all levels of the healthcare system to strengthen overall health information management by implementing initiatives to improve data quality, strengthen data management and use, and enhance data aggregation and reporting.
To ensure sustainability we have run an extensive range of training and mentoring courses and developed a competency framework for long-term capacity-building and career pathing to build a cadre of staff skilled in all aspects of health information management.
- 9 All provinces are reporting into the DHIS2 at the lowest connected level.
- DHIS2 data was used for reporting in all 2017 / 18 provincial annual reporting plans.
- 49% of facilities are capturing data directly into the DHIS2, thereby ensuring data is of better quality and available more quickly.
- We have established interoperability at various levels between the DHIS2 and the TIER.Net TB data system and the Health Provider Registration Systems (HPRS).
- 20,269 health personnel including data capturers, managers, information officers and clinicians, trained on DHIS2, data quality, use of information, since 2014.
- We developed a number of human resources information systems to support improved planning, resource allocation and deployment of health personnel.