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Wednesday, May 17 • 12:30 - 13:15
Health information systems in Sub Saharan Africa: Lessons learned LIMITED

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Availability of timely, quality data to the right person at the right time is at the core of effective and efficient delivery of health services. The BID Initiative has been working with African countries in this field for the past few years and through its multi-country peer learning network has identified opportunities and challenges that can drive or hinder the desired data culture revolution. Opportunities include: renewed global and national interest in better data for decision making; willingness of funding agencies to strengthen health systems including data systems; regional and sub-regional initiatives and policy papers that highlight the importance of efficient information systems; global, continental and national economic and political pressure for better decisions for the benefit of citizens; advances in technology; as well as increased interest and skill at local (facility and district) level to use data to make decisions . On the other hand challenges range from complex policy, financing and programming issues to implementer focused characteristics that call for effective change management strategies. This paper will expound what has been learned and offer recommendations on a way forward.

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Chilunga Puta

Director, BID Learning Network, PATH
Chilunga Puta, Director of the Better Immunization Initiative Learning Network (BLN), a program at PATH funded through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is an infectious disease research and public health practitioner with in excess of 20 years of experience working... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:30 - 13:15 IST