Course Title : Analysis & Visualization of DHIS2 and other Online MIS Data

Duration: 30 Sep, 2019 - 30 Sep, 2019

Hosted by : icddr,b

Published On : 10 September, 2019

Close Date : 24 September, 2019

Location : TRAction Conference Room, Hospital Building, Level-5 View Detail

There are five health related routine Management Information Systems (MIS) at different levels of development. Four of these belong to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare:

• MIS Health (DGHS) and its subsystems;

• MIS Family Planning (DGFP) and its subsystems;

• Directorate General of Drug Administration;

• MIS National Nutrition Program (NNP); and

• MIS of the 2nd Urban Primary Health-care Project of the Ministry of Local Government Rural Development & Cooperatives (UPHCSDP).


Before 2009 the collection of routine health information in the public sector of Bangladesh was done manually, using paper forms which would be completed by health workers at a decentralized level and submitted upwards, through the administrative hierarchy and would take, on average, two months from the lowest level health facilities to reach the MIS department at DGHS and DGFP, Dhaka. The main features of the MIS system in the health sector include:

Parallel systems: The MOHFW has two main MIS units – one in the DGHS and one in the DGFP – each responsible for collecting routine data about the health and family planning services, as well as information about logistics and personnel.

Overlapping reporting requirements: Facilities and field workers collect certain types of routine data using different reporting formats, which were not harmonized to prevent duplicated information.

Insufficient human resources for MIS: The MIS units both in the Health Services Directorate and Family Planning Directorate are understaffed (160 out of 660 sanctioned posts were vacant in 2009)

Starting in 2009 a virtual explosion of e-Health projects within the MOHFW got enunciated: from telemedicine centers, electronic attendance systems to monitor staff punctuality at health facilities, and mobile phone-based medical consultations for patients at district and sub-district health facilities, to a nationwide patient complaint system using text messaging. Beyond this, efforts also began in earnest to build a digital infrastructure within the Ministry, extending from the national to the peripheral levels. The offices of the MIS unit at the Health Services directorate were renovated; a MIS Data Center – a modern, air-conditioned space with a backup generator – was established to host a new web-based server. An IT lab was also set up to facilitate staff training. MIS unit of DGHS has provided internet connectivity in the entire public sectors of Bangladesh across all health-points down to the community clinic level (about 14,000 places) by April 2014. The community clinics were given laptops, and community health workers were given handheld tablet devices.


What is DHIS2:

In 2010, MIS unit of DGHS installed DHIS2 on its servers and Bangladesh joined the ranks of countries utilizing the product.

DHIS 2 is a tool for collection, validation, analysis, and presentation of aggregate statistical data, tailored (but not limited) to integrated health information management activities. It is a generic tool rather than a pre-configured database application, with an open meta-data model and a flexible user interface that allows the user to design the contents of a specific information system without the need for programming. DHIS2 is a modular web-based software package built with free and open source Java frameworks with interoperability between users and programs.


DHIS 2 Benefits:

• DHIS 2 is a flexible, easy, system to adapt for local data collection tools

• DHIS 2 has been adapted in numerous countries around the world and there are several online communities and resources for additional information exchange and interoperability

• Can run as a web-based or as an offline application.

• Relatively easy to learn and adapt (does not require high level of programming knowledge)

• Allows multiple levels of organization units to enter into the system and data can be aggregated accordingly (dept. →Site → District → Division → National level)

• Incorporates data checks during data entry and after data collection

• Maintains Security through defining user levels

• Allows user to tailor indicators

• Streamlines data and site census management because all program areas data are kept in one place

• Facilitates data use because all staff can access data at any time from office

Course Content:

  • Overview of HMIS
  • Brief history of introduction on DHIS2 in MIS
  • Data Collection forms – Aggregated
  • Data collection-individual
  • DHIS2 as a monitoring tool
  • Demonstration on dashboard (graph, line pivot, GIS)
  • Exercise   on case studies ( creating charts, table, maps)
  • Demonstration of web portal in DGHS

Teaching methods: The course includes lectures, discussions, exercises, and computer sessions. Participants need to bring their own laptop during the training.

Course duration:
The course spans over one working day.  The sessions will start at 9AM and will continue up 5:00 P.M. with two tea break for 15-30 minutes in between and a 1 hour lunch and prayer break.
Target group and selection of participants:
We are expecting a range of participants from icddr,b  and the organizations such as DGHS, IEDCR, BSMMU, JPG School of Public Health, and NIPSOM. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Faculty members:
All sessions will be facilitated by resource persons from  icddr,b, DGHS,UNICEF, WHO

Course fee:
This training is Free of Cost. No TA, DA will be given to attend this training. However there will have arrangement of lunch and snacks for participants. During the training registration process, you are requested to use the budget code: 15213616 (if needed).

For any further information please contact-
Badsha Muhammad Shekander

Senior Programmer

Universal Health Coverage

Health System and Population Studies Division

Cell: +88-01820130427


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