Summer Workshops

Learn to improve routine health information program systems and build capacity in health facility assessments.

Improving Routine Health Information Systems Performance and Use of Information for Health Systems Management - August 4-15, 2008, Dakar Senegal
MEASURE Evaluation is pleased to announce a training course that will focus on facility-based and/or community-based routine health information systems (RHIS). The course, held in partnership with Le Centre Africain d'Etudes Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG), will be held August 4-15 in Dakar, Senegal. It proposes the Performance of Routine Information System Management (PRISM) conceptual framework as the basis for assessing and strengthening RHIS performance. The course introduces a set of PRISM tools for assessing performance of RHIS and its determinants. The course builds knowledge and skills in using the tools for analysis and problem solving and ultimately to improve RHIS performance.

The course also provides updates on tools and methods to assess the data collection and reporting and management systems used to measure indicators of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria programs. Participants will gain skills in the use of RHIS as part of the M&E process for these programs (e.g. measurement and use of key indicators for program improvement and reporting).

This training course is designed for:

  • Government and NGO professionals who are responsible for management of health services and health programs at national as well as sub-national levels
  • Government and NGO professionals who are responsible for management of RHIS
  • Government and NGO professionals who are responsible for monitoring and evaluation of health programs
  • Staff of technical assistance projects whose aim it is to improve health system management

People interested in attending should send a completed enrollment form to CESAG by June 15, 2008.

Boulevard du Général De Gaulle X Avenue El Hadj Malick Sy B.P. 3802 Dakar, Sénégal TEL : 221 33 839 73 60 FAX : 221 33 821 32 15 Fatoumata.gueye@cesag.sn; jerome.bassene@cesag.sn; Aissatou.lo@cesag.sn

 

Pillars of Health Facility Assessment: Capacity Building Workshop in HFA and Information Use - June 17-19, 2008, Entebbe, Uganda
MEASURE Evaluation has scheduled a workshop to improve data use, reinforce the importance of health facility (HF) data collection as part of health information systems (HIS), and better advocate for HF surveys, censuses and mapping. The workshop, hosted by IHFAN in partnership with East African Community (EAC) Secretariat and the Ministry of Health, Uganda, aims to:

  • Orient participants in different types of existing health facility assessments and their components, data collection instruments, techniques, and core indicators derived from data
  • Present examples of HFA data and actual results and how they have been or can be used to inform policy making
  • Train participants in how to extract, analyze and interpret real data, venturing implications for programmatic decision-making
  • Increase participants' comprehension of the linkages between HFA and health systems planning, monitoring and evaluation, including advantages and limitations

Participants are recommended, primarily, by the MOHs of the six countries in the EAC, including Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania-Mainland and Tanzania-Zanzibar. Recommendations should be sent to: EAC Secretariat, Attention: Dr. Stanley Sonoiya, Health Coordinator, P.O. Box 1096 Arusha, Tanzania AICC Kilimanjaro Wing, 5th Fl, eac@eachq.org, sonoiya@eachq.org, +255-27-250.4253/8, +256.77.262.3928

Funding, primarily for in-country participants, is provided by USAID and other International Health Facility Assessment Network (IHFAN) partners. At the end of the meeting, country delegates are expected to develop action plans for funding, undertaking, and using HFA data in their countries.

IHFAN is committed to strengthening health facility-based data collection and use worldwide through improved communication, coordination, and networking. The technical activities of the group include:

  • development of resources to help users navigate existing HF censuses and surveys (including profiles of existing data collection methods and tools; HFA sampling approaches; HFA repository of surveys);
  • development of a core set of indicators for cross-country comparison of health systems performance; and technical assistance for developing training courses to improve country capacity to analyze and use health systems data.

Team members also contribute towards the development and implementation of HFA tools, guidelines, and strategies to promote coordination of, and collaboration in, HF data work worldwide.