Perinatal database in Timor-Leste
Wednesday, 19 September 2018: The Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares (HNGV) has recently established the first ever perinatal database in Timor-Leste, with technical and logistical support from WHO Country Office.
The database records all admissions, discharges and deaths in the maternity and neonatal departments of HNGV. Subsets of the database include stillbirth and birth defect registries. The HNGV can now readily generate reports for all of these domains for any time period, e.g. quarterly, monthly, annual reports, as well as providing easily accessible and good quality data for key service areas. The system also generates standardised patient discharge summaries, capturing all key clinical data.
Birth defects are common in Timor-Leste however, until now; there was no reliable national prevalence data. The new HNGV perinatal database can readily determine baseline incidence and trends of birth defects. This will be useful for planning for health system strengthening including resource allocation, upgrading of health facility resources, and health staff training for birth defects prevention and detection.
The database was finalised in August 2018. And in September 2018 doctors, nurses, midwives, and hospital administration staff were trained in database use. And finally, the system is now operational.