Strengthening the Health Information System in the Republic of Djibouti

Dates: 2009-2010

Country: Djibouti

Client(s): UNICEF

Service: Applied Technology

Technical Expertise: Health Systems Strengthening, Applied Technology

Despite overall progress in the advancement of national health information systems (HIS), the countries in greatest need still lack such systems. Even in the countries where a health information system is available, it is often wasted due to lack of knowledge on how to use it effectively in order to make informed public health decisions and policies.

In the Republic of Djibouti, the national HIS was not being used to consolidate information in the decision-making process at any level in public health planning. In collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health, John Snow, Inc. (JSI) provided technical support in updating the national system for health information to generate usable information in the public health sector. The project helped update and create specific indicators, strengthen the communication/transfer of data between the periphery and its center, and develop a structure where the public health policy is based on the information and evidence collected from the national health information system.