South Africa: HIS Indicators

South Africa

MEASURE Evaluation is compiling the country profiles on this section of the website for 30 HIS indicators. As of August 2017, we had located the following indicators for South Africa. Indicator definitions can be found here:

Please check back in this Resource Center as we continue to expand the indicators of HIS strengthening, or click here to provide comments and suggestions.






1. National health strategy

Current (2015–2020)

Strategic Plan 2015–2020

2. Health sector M&E plan




3. HIS policy

Not current (2011)

In-country contact

District Health Management Information Systems (DHMIS) Policy

4. HIS strategic plan

Available but not online

In-country contact


5. Country has set of core health indicators

Yes (2015–2020)

Indicators can be found inside the current national health strategy. Indicators are separated for each health program:

  • Maternal and child health indicators (page 19)
  • HIV indicators (pages 37–38)
  • Primary health care services indicators (pages 42–44)
  • Hospital, tertiary services, workforce indicators (pages 47–48)
  • Health regulations and compliance management indicators (pages 51)

6. National HIS coordinating body

Established, activity unknown

In-country contact

The National Health Information Systems of South Africa Committee

7. Country has master facility list

Not available

In-country contact

There is a list of health facilities within the DHIS. However, the unique facility identifiers have not yet been implemented.

8. Conducted HMN assessment

Completed (2009)


9. Population census within the last 10 years

Yes (2011)


10. Availability of national health surveys 

DHS (2003) LSMS (1993)

Data and reports can be found on the links provided.

DHS (2016) is ongoing.

11. Completeness of vital registration (births and deaths)

Incomplete – live births and deaths less than 90%

Both data were collected in 2014.

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

Yes, sub-nationally


DHIS 2 adoption by programs or partial national roll-out

13. Country has national statistics office



14. National health statistics report (annual)

Current (2015–2016)

Annual Report 2015/16

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

Yes, updated and has recent health reports


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

Available but not online

In-country contact

DQAs are conducted annually in June/July by the Auditor General of South Africa.

17. PRISM assessment conducted in any regions/districts

Yes (2006)

OBAT only (2013)

See page 13, Table 1

18. Percentage of facilities represented in HMIS information

100% for all public facilities

In-country contact

All facilities report into the DHIS.

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




20. Measles coverage reported to WHO/UNICEF

WHO/UNICEF estimate = 75; Official government estimate = 96

See page 9 of “WHO and UNICEF estimates of immunization coverage: 2016 revision.”

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

964,901 total deliveries

(2014–2015) – mostly occurred in public health facilities

Institutional deliveries only available by districts for births that occur among women younger than 18 years of age.

22. Existence of policies, laws, and regulations mandating public and private health facilities/ providers to report indicators determined by the national HIS




23. Availability of standards/guidelines for RHIS data collection, reporting, and analysis




24.Presence of procedures to verify the quality of data (accuracy, completeness, timeliness) reported




25.RHIS data collection forms allow for disaggregation by gender




26. At least one national health account completed in last 5 years




27. National database with health workers by district and main cadres updated within last 2 years




28. Annual data on availability of tracer medicines and commodities in public and private health facilities



Stock Visibiilty Solution (SVS) developed to monitor and track medicines and commodities. SVS was rolled out in May 2016. According to the 2015/16 Annual Report, the national surveillance center for reporting stock availability is functional (page 33). However, no data was found.

29. e-health strategy

Available (2012 – 2017)

eHealth Strategy South Africa 2012/13 – 2016/17

30. Completeness of disease surveillance reporting