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Innovative Health Information Systems Technologies – Zimbabwe

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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 DHIS-2 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 DHIS-2 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 DHIS-2, enabling them to spend more time with patients.