Somalia: Supporting improvement of Health Management Information System

MannionDaniels worked with UNICEF Somalia, with support from Round 10 of the Global Fund’s malaria grant to Somalia, to support the three Health Authorities to strengthen the Somali Health Management Information System (HMIS). The first phase of this work ran from October 2013 to June 2014.

The existing HMIS was developed largely to respond to the information needs of UNICEF and WHO as the main supporters of the public health system in Somalia.  Given the context in which the HMIS was designed this was entirely appropriate.  Critical interventions such as immunization, nutrition, and disease outbreaks, such as measles, required on-going monitoring to provide UNICEF and WHO with the evidence base for making investment decisions and for assessing the progress and impact of its support.  However, with the gradual improvement of the health sector, the growing capacity of the Health Authorities in the three Zones to lead future improvements, and a growing diversity of support from international donors, what was needed was a national HMIS capable of supporting day-to-day management, long-term planning, and policy development for the entire national health system.

MannionDaniels was therefore contracted by UNICEF to support the three Somali Health Authorities to strengthen the existing system so as to respond to the growing data needs of the fast-growing Somali health sector. The first phase of this support focussed on delivering the following outputs:

  1. An Assessment of the current HMIS, undertaken by the Health Authorities with technical oversight from MannionDaniels. The process was participative, engaging stakeholders from across all three zones of Somalia and from a range of sectors to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of the existing HMIS, and to discuss requirements for its development.

  2. Design of a new HMIS Database. This activity involved assessing existing hardware and software systems as well as capacities of core HMIS personnel who will be involved in operating the database so as to design a system appropriate to the Somali context. The process of health facility registration is now complete and all government health facilities are registered onto the database. Training of key personnel has been undertaken and a manual has been produced and disseminated.
  3. Review and updating of the Routine Indicator List to be used in the new HMIS. This involved a series of consultations with various health sector stakeholders so as to generate consensus on the indicators included on the list. The final lists were endorsed by the Director General’s in each Health Authority.
  4. Development of a curriculum and accompanying course guide for the training of health professionals in the basic principles of health management information systems in the context of the Somali HMIS. The course includes the following modules: Setting the Scene, Results Based Management, Collecting Data, Transforming Data into Information, Indicators, Presenting Information, Using Information, and The Somali HMIS.

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