Addis Ababa May 11/2017 Ministry of Health (MoH) and five leading universities have launched a 350-million-birr Capacity Building and Mentorship Program to enhance quality information use in woredas.
The program aims at facilitating the top-to-bottom and vice versa flows of information whereby woredas will serve as information hub.
Minister of Health, Professor Yifru Birhane, said the introduction of national data base server for health surveillance survey and regulation for its proper implementation is underway.
Quick formation of consortiums among the universities is highly needed for the effective implementation of the program, the Minister said, further urging regional health bureaus to collaborate with the universities and support them.
According to him, more than 180,000 tablets are already bought for the biometric data and geographic information system.
Policy and Planning Acting Director at the Ministry, Mesoud Mohammed said the program will transform woredas in using quality information and strengthen data verification and feedback systems.
The program will involve at least 30 to 40 woredas, depending on the catchment areas of the universities and six referral hospitals, he added.
The Acting Director revealed that over four million data will be accessible and visible for users and researchers through the program.
The capacity building and mentoring program, which will run for three years, is one of the information revolutions that are being done by the Ministry to attain its goal of Health Sector Transformation Plan.
Addis Ababa, Mekele, Haramaya, Gondar, and Jimma universities will cover the catchment areas of SNNP regional state and Addis Ababa, Afar and Tigray, Harari and Somali, Amhara and Benishangul Gumuz, and Oromia regional states respectively.