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Disease Surveillance Department Team members reviewing the SORMAS SOPs.

Assessing human resource capacity for ownership and management of Ghana’s disease surveillance and response system

The Surveillance Outbreak Response and Analysis System (SORMAS) is an electronic tool for integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR) with an added capability for outbreak management and contact tracing. [1] SORMAS allows for real-time monitoring of disease outbreaks and facilitates collaboration among different departments and actors involved in the response to any disease outbreak. Read more ›

Data empowers stakeholders in the health sector to collaborate for the elimination of TB.

Using interoperability to improve health services: Improving the exchange of tuberculosis data in Indonesia

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, tuberculosis (TB) was the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent in Indonesia—making TB one of the country’s top priority health focus areas, with the aim to reduce the disease incidence from 354 (in 2021) to 65 per 100,000 people by 2030.  Read more ›

Heat map of vaccination allocation when weighted toward test positivity population.

Mali: Exploring the use of artificial intelligence for improved COVID-19 vaccine allocation

In Mali, traditional methods of data analysis have been helpful in understanding the COVID-19 situation on the ground at the time the data were collected. But these methods only help with creating reactive programming—which is often expensive and comes too late for the hardest hit populations. That’s why CHISU is exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate more proactive programming and improve Mali’s response to COVID-19 and future health emergencies. Read more ›

Attendees at this year’s IMNH conference in Cape Town, South Africa, including CHISU leadership Derek Kunaka and Dr. Stephanie Watson-Grant.

Monitoring trends and refocusing efforts: The role of data in improving maternal and newborn health

At this year’s International Maternal and Newborn Health Conference (IMNHC) in Cape Town, South Africa, attendees issued a call for renewed intensity of purpose from the global health community to better identify effective interventions for advancing maternal and newborn health. CHISU Deputy Project Director Dr. Stephanie Watson-Grant and Technical Director Derek Kunaka attended IMNHC in early May. During the sessions they participated in, both noticed the critical role data plays in advancing maternal and newborn health.   Read more ›

Fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration to strengthen health information systems in Indonesia

Fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration to strengthen health information systems in Indonesia

May marked a big development for health information system (HIS) strengthening in Indonesia’s East Java province. A multi-stakeholder technical working group (TWG) has been established to accelerate the development of HIS in the country—and with CHISU support, the East Java HIS TWG aims to model national-level multi-stakeholder collaboration efforts to improve the efficiency of health data use. Read more ›

High Performing Health Care (HPHC) Tool

Sharing experiences using the High Performing Health Care Tool in Ethiopia, Madagascar, and the Philippines

On March 30, USAID and CHISU hosted a webinar titled: “Commonalities and Differences in Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Philippines HPHC Tool Health System Assessments.” The webinar was the first in our series that shares learnings from health system assessments using the High Performing Health Care (HPHC) Tool in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  Steve Ollis, Program Director for CHISU, moderated the discussion with panelists: Read more ›

Photo: Participants in a malaria strategy development workshop supported by CHISU and NMCP in Malawi in  early 2023.

Toward zero: Strengthening health information systems to eliminate malaria in Malawi and Ghana

This World Malaria Day, we’re marking the date with World Health Organization (WHO)’s theme “Time to deliver zero malaria: invest, innovate, implement.” The international community is focusing on the third “i” – implement – and the importance of reaching marginalized populations with the tools and strategies available today. Read more ›

Photo: Government officials and local authorities during the rabies vaccination campaign launch in Sabou.

Collaborating across sectors to prevent rabies in Burkina Faso

After two people died from rabies last year in Sabou, Burkina Faso, regional authorities commissioned a joint investigation into these unusual health events. The investigation was carried out with technical and financial support from the Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) program in Burkina Faso. Read more ›

Haiti Carte Sanitaire

Improving Haiti’s national health data dashboard to support their cholera response

After its first cholera outbreak from 2010 to 2019, Haiti was cholera-free for three years. However, another cholera outbreak began in October 2022—pushing Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) to reclassify cholera from being an “eliminated disease” to one under “active surveillance” in Haiti. [1]  Read more ›

CHISU webinar - Integrating Gender in Health Information System Strengthening: Experiences from Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Indonesia

Integrating gender in HIS strengthening

On March 15, Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) hosted their webinar titled, “Integrating Gender in Health Information System Strengthening: Experiences from Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Indonesia.” Dr. Stephanie Watson-Grant, Deputy Director, CHISU, moderated the webinar with panelists:  Read more ›