MEASURE Evaluation Strategic Information for South Africa (MEval-SIFSA) assists the South African Government to develop, pilot, implement, and evaluate e-Learning courses to strengthen capacity for use of routine health information systems (RHIS).
These courses help health workers learn to use routine sources of health data, such as census data, birth and death registration data, and other population-based data to provide more understanding of what programmes are needed to improve health.
The objective is to develop e-Learning materials, in partnership with the Department of Health (DoH), to reach health workers at all levels of the health system. The value of such a contribution is enhancement in the knowledge of RHIS and other policies, and better management of health information. The expected result is that the country will then have access to valid and reliable HIV and related health data that can be used for better decision making at all levels and lead to better health outcomes for people.
MEval-SIFSA has been working with national and provincial partners and stakeholders to agree on course content topics and to develop a curriculum. The focus for the initial e-Learning courses is on the District Health Management Information System (DHMIS) policy and its associated standard operating procedures, and the National Indicator Data Set (NIDS).
The project’s e-Learning initiative falls within national strategies and policies described in the Department of Health’s “eHealth Strategy South Africa 2012–2016.” It is hoped that these efforts can continue as part of full implementation of the strategy that is to be driven by the DoH’s eHealth Standards Authority.