Strengthening Routine Health Information Systems
In South Africa, the national Department of Health (DOH) has led the development of strategies and policies to standardize the management of information systems from the facility level up to the national level. MEASURE Evaluation Strategic Information for South Africa (MEval-SIFSA) made significant contributions to this effort, as well as to the rollout of the District Health Management Information System (DHMIS) policy and its standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Most recently, we were commissioned to develop job aids for this policy (role-based posters that have been deployed to all public health facilities in the country), and helped pilot a monitoring mechanism to assess implementation of the policy. This is supported by a robust technical assistance model and a suite of training programmes for strengthening capabilities on managing routine health information systems (RHIS).
We build the capacity of PEPFAR district support partners to assist district health management teams to implement the DHMIS SOPs, and help the government keep track of all health information trainings conducted, participants reached, and gaps that need to be filled. Our strategy is to:
- Leverage partnerships to cascade interventions to the health facility level
- Strengthen the existing RHIS
- Enhance capacity of individuals and organizations to competently use RHIS
- Strengthen performance management objectives to include information management
We document and share best practices and current literature, promote a culture of information sharing, promote interoperability of parallel reporting systems, and describe and promote the attributes of a strong RHIS system.