Dhaka hosts conference on Data for Decision (D4D) in health

11 April 2017 - An international conference on “Data for Decision (D4D) in Health” took place in Dhaka during 1-3 April 2017. The Bangladesh State Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr Zahid Maleque, MP, inaugurated the three-day conference, organized by the Management Information System unit of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), in association with a number of government and international organizations. The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Bangladesh provided technical support to this event. There were 230 delegates from 19 different countries.

The conference emphasized on the quality of data and data accountability, so that policies could be framed on the basis of solid evidence from the field. The conference also appreciated the tremendous momentum in which Bangladesh has been progressing with regard to generating quality health data, including the laudable initiative on District Health Information Software 2 (DHIS2) and the eHealth dashboards. The Country Office of WHO in Bangladesh presented a paper on the use of Routine Health Information Data for assessment and ranking of health care facility performance following the opening session.

The conference ended with a note of affirmation to continue to work together for enhancing accountability and reliability of health data. There was a call to strengthen the collaboration among partnering institutions and agencies, and for increasing inter-operability among data platforms. On the concluding session, the presentation from the ” a2i Programme” of the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office focused on the urgent need to forge stronger South-South cooperation.