Third International RHINO Workshop, Information for Action: Facility and Community Focus

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Author(s): Lippeveld T, Spohr M

Year: 2006

The Routine Health Information Network (RHINO) held its third workshop in Chiang Rai, Thailand, from February 26 to March 3, 2006. The workshop represented a milestone in the development of its user community with the maturing and application of the principles of the discipline of routine health information systems (RHIS). Each of the three RHINO workshops has broken new ground and has advanced the discipline. The first workshop set out the principles and strategies of the network; the second proposed the performance of routine information system management (PRISM) approach for developing district-managed RHIS; and the third proved the utility of the approach by applying it to facility- and community-based data collection and use of information. The RHINO user community has also grown and contributed a large variety of tools to improve the collection and use of routine health information.

RHINO was created in 2001 under the MEASURE Evaluation Project, a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which focuses on improving the use of information for evidence-based decision making. The RHINO Initiative’s mission is to advance the state of the art in routine health information systems (RHIS), as well as to improve the practice of RHIS design and implementation worldwide through cross-fertilization of lessons learned and of best practices from various countries and organizations.

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