Innovative health information systems technologies – Zimbabwe

UNDP worked with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to implement a District Health Information System (DHIS) to replace the mainly paper-based, multiple reporting systems previously in use at health facilities. The DHIS2 package, implemented in partnership with PEPFAR i and RTI i, provided a dramatic improvement in data management and analysis for health programme monitoring and evaluation, leading to more informed decision-making.

In addition, a Weekly Disease Surveillance System (WDSS), incorporating innovative inbuilt Frontline SMS messaging into mobile phone-based reporting of weekly data, has been supported ensuring timely transmission of surveillance data.

  • Significant and on-going investments in the DHIS2 i and the WDSS have strengthened the national Health Information System (HIS).
  • the result is more timely and reliable health information enabling improved analysis, more informed decision-making and quality national forecasting and planning
  • improved responsiveness of the services for patients
  • the completeness of the monthly reports has increased from around 50% to over 98% and the weekly reports from about 45% to 90%
  • the reporting burden for health workers has been significantly lessened through the integration of different reporting systems into the DHIS2, enabling them to spend more time with patients