Program Areas

Improved Use of Strategic Information

data recording

Generating timely and accurate reports on health statistics at the facility level promotes availability of quality data for local use.

Effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) has become increasingly important in HIV programs. Reporting results is an essential element of programmatic accountability and also contributes to the improvement of selecting approaches, setting targets, and refining strategies.

A large set of health data is normally generated through a health management information system (HMIS), which provides an integrated system of relevant and functional information on a routine basis. It has been designed for use at all levels for evaluating the health care delivery system by using nationally-adopted health indicators. However, the HMIS data collection process is long, tedious, and characterized by many inaccuracies:

  • Data collection tools are scarce on the ground and sometimes not uniform
  • Data analysis occurs mostly at the higher level
  • Data utilization is often limited to a few indicators, despite the amount of data generally being collected from all facilities

Approach

NUMAT helped develop a more functional and organized M&E system in its target districts by:

  • Collaborating with district biostatisticians and HMIS focal persons
  • Building capacity of records assistants and data clerks
  • Printing and distributing data collection tools
  • Providing office equipment such as computers, external hard drives, and modems
  • Assisting in the analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of information

Strategic information can also benefit from ad-hoc studies, including research studies and surveys that offer data otherwise not attainable from the routine system (like knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and practices of service beneficiaries). Although they are complex and expensive to conduct, population-based studies assist in both completing the picture and validating the available routine data.

To share successful practices and lessons learned, NUMAT staff presented papers, participated in round-table discussions, and exhibited posters at several national and international conferences.


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