New $200 Million Global Program for Better Health Information

August 10th, 2020 | News


USAID’s CHISU Award Will Help Countries on Journey to Self-Reliance 

August 10, 2020: JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. has been selected to lead implementation of USAID’s Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) Program. CHISU will strengthen host-country capacity, leadership, and self-reliance to manage and use high-quality health information systems. The five-year cooperative agreement has a budget ceiling of $200 million.

CHISU will serve as one of the USAID Bureau for Global Health, Office of Health Systems’ flagship data and information system projects. The program will strengthen health information systems, interoperable information architecture and data use, and enhance capacity for local leadership and engagement to improve evidence-based decision-making.

The program will support integration and harmonization of systems across health areas to improve data collection, analysis, and use at national and sub-national levels. It will inform demand and use of health information to address health priorities and enhance the capacity of local partners to support health ministries—all issues that have been shown to be weaknesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This award demonstrates our continued commitment to partner with USAID, country governments, and international and local partners to advance digital health solutions, knowing that the use of trusted health data is fundamental to national and local governments’ ability to improve the quality of their health services,” said Carolyn Hart, vice president of JSI’s International Division.

JSI leads the project, with partners RTI International, Vital Strategies, Jembi Health Systems, and Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health.

JSI has led significant health information system strengthening and capacity-enhancing activities for USAID and other global health donors for more than 40 years. We have increased demand for high-quality health information; developed tools and assessment frameworks; improved data collection practices and data analysis; and strengthened the use of information for decision making using both digital and non-digital approaches. Through collaborative partnerships, JSI ensures that new systems and tools are user-centered, locally owned, and focused on solving public health challenges.

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