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How Has Data Demand Been Transformed in the Digital Age?

On April 20, the USAID Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) program hosted their webinar titled, “Data Demand in the Digital Age.” Read more ›

New eHealth Strategy Promotes Data Use in Serbia

In June 2021, the USAID-funded Country Health Information System and Data Use (CHISU) program oriented Serbia's eHealth working group to another framework to supplement the eHealth Strategy toolkit. The Health Information Systems Stages of Continuous Improvement (SOCI) assessment framework helped the working group to establish a baseline for the five-year eHealth strategy and identify areas for improvement for the initial two-year action plan. Read more ›

Decentralized Reporting at Health Facilities Will Lead to Improved Data Quality in Burkina Faso

Since 2013, Burkina Faso has used DHIS2 for routine data management of the national health information system. The system is referred to as Entrepôt National des Données de la Santé (National Health Data Warehouse), or ENDOS-BF. DHIS2 is currently deployed throughout the country from the national to district level, with monthly data entry carried out by the manager of the Center for Health Information and Epidemiological Surveillance (CISSE) based at each district. Read more ›

Remote ICT Assessment in Niger Highlights Challenges and Guides Planning for Country HIS Architecture

The Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) program conducted an assessment to understand the current state of the HIS ICT infrastructure in two priority regions in Niger. The assessment will guide the strategic planning process to develop an ICT architecture of the HIS that accounts for the realities of Niger’s context. Read more ›

Serbia: Moving from Strategy to Action

Updates from Serbia on progress towards implementation of the eHealth Strategy 2021-2026 and eHealth Action Plan. Read more ›

The Case of the Dead Cattle and Fish in Burkina Faso

The OneHealth system in Burkina Faso, supported by CHISU, tackles the mysterious deaths of local cattle and fish. Read more ›

Ministries Gain Better Insights From Interoperable Data in Burkina Faso

In 2019, USAID supported the development of a One Health information system in Burkina Faso with MEASURE Evaluation (a USAID funded project), and continued support through the Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) program to create a comprehensive and effective response to zoonotic and key human health threats at the community level. Read more ›

Serbia eHealth Digitization

On January 27, the USAID Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) Project hosted the latest webinar in its technical leadership series titled, “Insights from Serbia: Progressing towards eHealth digitization.” Read more ›

An innovative tool that helps track a country health system’s ability to deliver care

USAID’s new Vision for Health System Strengthening 2030 calls for a whole-of-society collaborative effort between public health services, communities, and health care institutions to ensure health systems perform in ways that promote the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). To measure progress toward becoming a high performing health system, CHISU and USAID developed a web-based application called the High Performing Health Care (HPHC) systems tool. Read more ›

Gender Disaggregation of Data in International Development Programs: A Conversation with Rajeev Colaço and Stephanie Watson-Grant

The world’s understanding of gender is evolving beyond the binary, creating a promising opportunity for program implementors, survey researchers and data collectors to make their work more inclusive and representative. This is the concept behind a new policy brief from RTI Press, in which Rajeev Colaço of RTI and Stephanie Watson-Grant of John Snow International explore the concept of gender-disaggregated data in international development programs, surveys and data collection. Read more ›

CHISU-supported Platform Improves Delivery of COVID-19 Test Results

The first case of COVID-19 was officially found in Burkina Faso on March 9, 2020, and the government quickly restricted travel to prevent the spread of the virus. This critical public health measure also kept people from important aspects of their work. “I did not try to travel during the COVID19 restriction period but I started traveling again after the airport opened,” said Ousseni Mone, the technical director of a company based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, who traveled at least twice a year before COVID. Read more ›

Digital Systems and Data Quality

This June 9, 2021 USAID CHISU Project webinar, the fourth in a series on technical leadership, was titled “Digital Systems and Data Quality: Will we, or have we, gone beyond data quality conversations with digital systems?” Read more ›

Standards-Based Interoperability of Systems: Use Cases

This May 12, 2021 USAID CHISU Project webinar, the third in a series on technical leadership, was titled “Standards-Based Interoperability of Systems: Country examples of testing and enabling exchange of data for holistic health information management.” Read more ›

Opportunities for Local Organizations: How They Can Contribute to Sustainable HIS Strengthening in Countries

This July 14, 2021 USAID CHISU Project webinar featured a panel discussion of approaches to engaging local and regional partners in sustaining and enhancing a health information system. Read more ›

Gender Equity and Health Outcomes: Beyond Just “Male” and “Female”

This April 14, 2021 USAID CHISU Project webinar, the second in a series on technical leadership, was titled “Gender Equity and Health Outcomes: Experiences with and Opportunities for Gender Integration in Health Information Systems.” Read more ›

HIS Leadership Considerations: Where to Start?

This March 17, 2021 USAID CHISU Project webinar, the first in a series on technical leadership, was titled “Health Information System (HIS) Leadership for HIS Progression: Considerations from Community to National Level.” Read more ›

Launch of the High-Performing Health Care (HPHC) Systems Tool

This May 26, 2021 USAID CHISU Project webinar focused on a web-based application called the High-Performing Health Care (HPHC) systems tool, which was developed by USAID and partners (including CHISU) to measure progress toward becoming a high performing health system. Read more ›