Malawi: HIS Indicators


MEASURE Evaluation is compiling the country profiles on this site for 21 health information system (HIS) indicators. As of April 2017, we had located the following indicators for Malawi. Indicator definitions can be found here:

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1. National health strategy

Not current (2011–2016)

Malawi Health Sector Strategic Plan 2011–2016

2. Health sector M&E plan

Not available

In-country contact

The country has the Health Sector Strategic Plan (2011–2016) with a brief framework for monitoring, evaluation, and research highlighting key milestones and activities to be done towards strengthened M&E for the strategic plan (see page 68–70 for the brief framework).

Since the Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP) expired in 2016, a new one is being developed and is currently in draft form. Plans are in place to develop a comprehensive stand-alone M&E plan for the upcoming HSSP.

3. HIS policy

Not current (2015)

Malawi National Health Information System Policy (September 2015)

4. HIS strategic plan

Not current (2011- 2016)

In-country contact

Malawi Health Information System Strategic Plan (2011–2016)

A Health Metrics Network (HMN) assessment was conducted in 2008 and a strategic plan developed (2011–2016). A follow-on strategic plan is to be developed. This HIS Strategic Plan is not available online.

5. Country has set of core health indicators

Yes 2015

Ministry of Health Malawi National Health Indicators

6. National HIS coordinating body

Established and active

Ministry of Health Department of Planning and Policy Development:

Data collaborative M&E task force priorities:

There is a Malawi National M&E Taskforce. The website link provided has key milestones that have been achieved by the task force since it was created in December 2015. The general objective of the M&E Taskforce is to fully align investment, i.e. the national and development partner investments in health with a single country platform for information and accountability, by coordinating the implementation of the short- and medium-term priority tasks outlined during the WHO and partners mission to Malawi in November 2015.

There is also a Malawi National M&E Technical Working Group (TWG) that meets quarterly and is chaired by the Director of Planning and Policy Development (Ministry of Health).

7. Country has master facility list


In-country contact

The Malawi Master Facility List (MFL)

The Malawi Master Facility List (MFL) is currently available in excel format. It comprises mainly of public sector facilities (government and faith-based) and few private sector facilities.

The Ministry is currently working on a web-based solution for the MFL with query functionality for ease of use and version control purposes.

There is currently no schedule for updating the MFL as it is an ongoing process with districts inform national if there are new facilities or any that may have been closed.

There are currently no guidelines for addition or removal of facilities and the Ministry is currently working on developing the guidelines.

8. Conducted HMN assessment

Completed (2009)

Health Information Systems Assessment Report

9. Population census within the last 10 years

Yes (2008)


10. Availability of national health surveys 

MICS5 (2013–2014) and DHS (2015–2016)

Data and reports can be found using the links provided.

11. Completeness of vital registration (births and deaths)

Incomplete –37.9% for live births and 10.0% deaths.


12. Country has electronic system for aggregating routine facility and/or community service data

Yes, adoption by programs or partial national roll out


13. Country has national statistics office



14. National health statistics report (annual)

Current (2015)

In-country contact

Malawi National HMIS Bulletin January-December 2015


15. Country has website for health statistics with latest data available

Yes, not updated and but no recent health report



16. DQA conducted on prioritized indicators aligned with most recent health sector strategy

Yes, DQA conducted within the most recent health sector (2016)

In-country contact

Data Quality in Malawi’s Health Sector: A mixed method assessment

17. PRISM assessment conducted in any regions/districts

Conducted – diagnostic tool applied (2010)


18. Percentage of facilities represented in HMIS information

Available- 94.2%

In-country contact

The number of facilities reporting is calculated using reports received over reports expected in the DHIS2 for a particular data set (used the HMIS -15 report: an integrated report required from all facilities). 2016 year:

  • Reported: 7470
  • Expected: 7932

19. Proportion (facility, district, national) offices using data for setting targets and monitoring

Not available

In-country contact

There is currently no objective way of calculating this indicator. Data analysis and use was highlighted as a major problem area. However, the general trend is that the national level sets targets and all lower level tiers (zones, districts, and facilities) set their targets based on national targets and their situation analysis. Districts produce annual implementation plans with an assessment of their current status as a way of setting targets and also monitoring their progress. For facilities, the District Health Management Teams are responsible for target setting. Based on this, it can be argued that the proportion is 100%.

20. Measles coverage reported to WHO/UNICEF

WHO/UNICEF estimate = 87; Official government estimate = 87

See page 6.

21. Number of institutional deliveries available by district, and published within 12 months of preceding year

Available by districts (2015)

In-country contact

Available in the HMIS annual bulletin starting on page 26.