Strengthening health management information systems – Nigeria

Health Partners International (HPI) has introduced open source district health information system software in five states in Nigeria as a means of combating poor data quality which undermines planning and assessment activities within the health systems.

This software was developed by HPI’s partner, Health Information Systems Programme (HISP) in South Africa, and is used extensively across the developing world.

The process involved:

  • standardising indicator-based minimum datasets
  • ratifying facility lists
  • developing data collection tools
  • building the capacity of health management information systems (HMIS) staff data capture.

Current support is being provided in the five states for:

  • improving the quality of HMIS data
  • analysing what is in the system
  • using the information for planning purposes.

All five states have shown significant improvement in data capture, analysis and use.