Location

The DHIS2 projects are hosted at the open source software development lab space located at Kijitonyama campus under the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The lab space provides a collaborative working and conducive environment to a mixed skill team of more than twenty (20) highly experienced in-house software developers, data analysts, and IS researchers, to carry out activities for the research, development, innovation, and implementation of sustainable web and mobile based solutions using DHIS2 as an open source platform and other open source technologies, to address the growing data demands and changing information needs of various government ministries and agencies.

The lab hosts the two major interrelated projects registered at UDSM namely UDSM DHIS2 Projects (CoICT-IS1605) and UDSM HRHIS Project (UDSM-UCB/CoICT/17-01).

Clients

Tanzania ministries of Health and Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children ; Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries; and Water. And different local and international not-for-profit organizations working in Tanzania.

Funders

The DHIS2 projects are funded by different development partners and NGOs, including Global Funds, JICA, UNICEF, and University of Oslo (Norad).

Scope and Pillars

The DHIS2 project that has been running over the past 16 years started as a very small scale pilot district project (back in 2002) but over the past years through persistence, commitment, and hardworking of the key researchers involved, close support of UDSM management and strong cooperation with Tanzania's Ministry of Health and other partners, the project has grown to become a national large scale project with its implementation scope covering the entire national health system network in Tanzania from the grass root level. The project growth can be described in terms of increase in scope, capacity, capability, and expansion in focus areas overtime while influenced by the four key project pillars: (1) advanced capacity building (2) research and development, (3) software development and innovation (4) Implementation, Training, and user support.

  • Advanced Capacity building

The project serves as the key research platform for postgraduate students in information systems generally and specifically for health informatics that was jointly established at UDSM in 2007 jointly with the University of Oslo through NORAD funding. The students are engaged to work jointly with project stakeholders to understand real life problems in order to seek and implement solutions.

  • Research and development

The project has produced more than 40 dissertations and a large number of journal and scientific conference publications through joint publications with the postgraduate students involved.

  • Software development and innovation

The development and innovation has been around the core DHIS2 platform/mobile customization and improvement, and other built in modules and new applications based on local needs. The following is a list of key innovative open source products has been produced:

    • National DHIS data warehouse (DHIS2) for HMIS with integrated modules for vertical programmes (http://dhis.moh.go.tz/)

    • DHIS2 Trackers for monitoring TB/Leprosy and Child Protection

    • DHIS2 Mobile app for reporting data from health facilities

    • HMIS web portal for open data dissemination (http://hmisportal.moh.go.tz/)

    • Mobile app for data analysis and visualization

    • USSD based mobile integrated diseases surveillance and response

    • National agricultural routine data warehouse (ARDS) (http://ards.go.tz/)

  • Implementation, training, and user support

The implementation of various web and mobile based integrated solutions requires intensive training and sustainable user support at the local and national levels depending on the implementation coverage. Different training approaches and possible of means user support are used which include in-house and offsite. Both DHIS2 and HRHIS have a national wide coverage and are used by all regions, district councils which require regular trainings and user support as well as server maintenance from our project team.

HRHIS sub-project

This HRHIS project was initiated by MoH in 2009 through JICA funding to address the challenges of human resources for health management such as lack of readily available information on staff in service training history and poor quality data on HRH staffing (such as distribution, attrition, migration, retention, absorption, and production). The project focused on the development and implementation of a web based HRHIS software across all councils and regions in Tanzania Mainland. Over time, HRHIS software has gone through various development and improvement processes and the latest version is accessible at: http://hrhis.moh.go.tz/login

Contact

For more information about the DHIS2 projects contact:

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

DHIS2 and HRHIS Project Coordinator: Dr. Honest C. Kimaro

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Mobile: +255758392001

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