Health managers from Maldives, Timor-Leste and Sri Lanka visit Bangladesh to learn about IT management system in the health sector

Dhaka, 26 April 2018: Health managers and officials from Maldives, Timor-Leste and Sri Lanka conducted in April a study tour in Bangladesh to learn about the IT based data management system in the health sector, specifically about District Health Information System, Version-2 (DHIS-2).

DHIS-2 is an open source web based software tool to gather routine health data from the public health facilities and monitor health systems performance though a live dashboard which is accessible to all health managers and policy makers. The software is used for collection, validation, analysis and presentation of aggregate statistical data, tailored to integrated health information management activities. It is a generic tool rather than a pre-configured database application, with an open meta-data model and a flexible user interface that allows the user to design the content of a specific information system without the need for programming.

The members of the study tour participated in hands-on orientation on DHIS-2 and also on Human Resource Information System (HRIS) at the Management Information System (MIS) laboratory. The team visited Savar Upazila Health Complex and Chakulia Community Clinic at Savar Upazila to learn about the implementation of DHIS-2 software at field level. The visiting team members observed the individual data entry at the point of data generation using DHIS2 platform as well. They learned about how to resolve issues with DHIS2 rollout and shared ideas for scale-up and ensure sustainability as well as linkages between HMIS and programmatic information systems and data sharing. The guests appreciated the system as an innovative one with high potential to improve health management and expressed their interest to implement it in their countries.

The Study Tour was held from 24-26 April 2018, as an initiative of the World Health Organization, South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) in collaboration with the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Government of Bangladesh, Health Information System Programme (HiSP) and Bangladesh Foundation.

WHO has been working with MIS in close collaboration, particularly in health systems strengthening initiative, providing technical assistance in data analysis for a better overview of the overall health system which in the end is translated into better performance of health management.