Health ICT Innovation Fair on this month

By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi 

Malawi’s Ministry of Health, through the Central Monitoring and Evaluation Division, in collaboration with Development Partners, says it will conduct the 2014 Health Sector ICT Innovation Fair in Lilongwe on November 27 this year.

Making the announcement, the ministry’s Principal Secretary Chris Kang’ombe said the Fair will involve exhibition of ICT Innovations that the Ministry of Health and development partners are using to support health service delivery at individual, community, health facility and national levels.

“The public is invited to the Fair,” said Kang’ombe.

According to the Journal of the Association for Information System (JAIS) the Health Management Information Systems in Malawi has computers and software tools have predominantly been available at District Health Offices (DHOs) and higher organizational levels.

Regular health facilities, maternity units, dispensaries, and district hospitals have routinely submitted paper forms to DHOs, where the data has been entered into health management information system (HMIS) databases.

“For HMIS purposes, DHOs in Malawi were using DHIS 1.3, which was installed locally on desktop computers in all districts in Malawi during 2002,” reports the journal.

It says the DHIS 1.3 had been developed on top of proprietary software like the Microsoft Access databases and was the predecessor to the open source and web server-client-based DHIS2.

District reports generated using DHIS 1.3 were sent electronically to higher organizational levels including the Central Monitoring and Evaluation Division (CMED).

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