Adaptation of the DHIS 2 to Manage Program Data on Most Vulnerable Children in Tanzania


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Author(s): MEASURE Evaluation–Tanzania

Year: 2018

Adaptation of the DHIS 2 to Manage Program Data on Most Vulnerable Children in Tanzania Abstract:

Most vulnerable children (MVC) are defined in Tanzania as children under the age of 18 years living under extreme conditions, characterized by severe deprivation that endangers health, well-being, and long-term development. The exact number of MVC in Tanzania is unknown, but it has been estimated that up to 71 percent of children in Tanzania suffer two or more instances of severe deprivations of their basic needs. Children’s vulnerability is intertwined with social, cultural, and economic factors, plus the effects of the HIV epidemic. Developing appropriate responses to assist MVC requires information on their numbers as well as reach, coverage, and effectiveness of existing services.

The vision of the United Republic of Tanzania is to ensure that MVC receive the care, protection, and support required to reach their full potential. In line with this vision, the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC), through the Department of Social Welfare (DSW), developed the National Costed Plan of Action for Most Vulnerable Children 2013–2017 (NCPA II). NCPA II outlined activities to enhance the well-being of MVC by protecting their rights and preventing and reducing the incidence or effects of economic hardship and health risks.

This brief provides an overview of the adaptation of the DHIS 2 to manage program data on MCV in Tanzania. 

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