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Health launches second information system

WINDHOEK, 07 JUL (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Health and Social Services on Friday launched the second version of the District Health Information System (DHIS2).
First launched in 2007, DHIS is an open source, web-based platform that helps governments and organisations to collect, manage and analyse data.
It also offers a range of features that help to provide better information to be able to achieve better health outcomes.
During the launch of the software in the capital Friday, Health Minister Bernard Haufiku said his ministry keeps moving into the right direction in its quest to migrate from the use of papers.
“Even though the first version worked well and did what it was supposed to do, it was not as efficient as the current version which is now web-based,” Haufiku noted.
He explained that with the first version, there was a delay in health related information, and lack of coordination led to multiple and parallel programmes in the ministry, among other issues.
“The new version, however, only takes seconds to enable anyone to view the data almost in real time.”
Another technical advantage would also be the fact that DHIS2 has the ability to collect aggregated data across all primary healthcare programmes from expanded programmes on immunisation, family planning and others, the minister added.
The system was funded by the American President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief through the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
US Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton said at the same event the system will also provide the ministry with better tools to plan, monitor and adjust its responses to the HIV epidemic in Namibia.
“My government has been pleased to collaborate with the ministry on this project and we look forward to seeing this improved data management system help Namibia achieve its ultimate goals of ending the HIV epidemic and generally of improving delivery of health services,” Daughton said.
Meanwhile, Haufiku also officially announced Advocate Bience Gawanas as Ambassador of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of the ministry.
Gawanas was appointed on 20 May 2017, the same day the International Planned Parenthood Federation officially recognised her contribution to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Advocate Gawanas is a former African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs and is currently the Special Advisor to the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare.

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