CHISU will soon be providing support to the Bamako, Koulikoro, Segou, Mopti, Timbuktu, and Gao regions to improve coordination of malaria data systems; strengthen the implementation of guidelines and digital tools; and improve the availability and quality (accuracy, timeliness, completeness, and internal consistency) of malaria data through strengthening the review and analysis of malaria data at both central and regional levels. CHISU will also provide support in conducting malaria Routine Data Quality Assessment (mRDQA) and developing and disseminating data analysis products, including automated malaria bulletins and reports.
Recently, CHISU worked at the central and subnational levels in Mali to bolster availability, quality, and use of COVID-19 data in order to improve the country’s response to the pandemic at all levels of the health system. To do this, CHISU collaborated with the Institut National de Santé Publique (Mali’s National Institute of Public Health), the Director General for Public Health and Hygiene (DGSHP), and the Cellule de Planification et de Statistique (Office of Planning and Statistics, or CPS) to better link the national COVID-19 crisis committee to established HIS governance structures in Mali, strengthen systems for collecting data related to COVID-19, and improve data quality processes and analytics as well as data use to respond to the pandemic.
Specifically, CHISU recently worked with Mali to:
- Strengthen COVID-19 coordination bodies to coordinate activities, resolve implementation issues, and make joint decisions on technical matters related to the HIS
- Expand the use of health management information systems for COVID-19 surveillance and data use, including supporting system enhancements such as customization, interoperability, and maintenance
- Align COVID-19 data collection tools
- Conduct an HIS interoperability maturity assessment and develop standards-based system interoperability guidelines
- Enhance community-based surveillance for COVID-19
- Conduct an information communication technology (ICT) assessment and procurement
- Support development of a data quality assurance plan, COVID-19 data quality reviews, and supportive supervisions
- Improve the COVID-19 SitRep (situation report) as well as COVID-19 dashboards
Mali recently developed its first national data quality assurance (DQA) plan, which will help improve data quality issues around malaria and other health issues. CHISU supported this initiative, which included consultations with various HIS stakeholders. Read more ›
For CHISU Deputy Director Dr. Stephanie Watson-Grant, who recently traveled to several countries where the program works, the opportunity to visit country teams is “absolutely invaluable.” This is partly because she’s able to spend so much time with each CHISU expert (which she said equates to a year’s worth of being online), but also because she can better understand their context and the work they’re doing. Read more ›
To support Mali’s efforts to improve data quality in the country, CHISU (in collaboration with the DHIS2 technical team) helped regional management teams organize competitions between health facilities in the program’s intervention regions. Read more ›
The Country Health Information and Data Systems Use (CHISU) program experienced remarkable growth from October 2022–September 2023, expanding from nine countries and regions at the beginning of the year to 17 at the end of the year. CHISU was engaged in 10 global technical activities at the beginning of the year, and 26 at the end of the year.