JSI began working in Burundi in the late 1980s, implementing two major USAID-funded projects: the Family Planning and Logistics Management program, which increased access to essential family planning services to rural populations; and the Resources for Child Health project, which improved services surrounding care for acute respiratory infection and routine vaccination for young children. JSI has continued its work in Burundi, evaluating and improving the functions of civil society organizations through the GAVI Study, reproductive health programs for UNFPA, and providing technical assistance to the International Trachoma Initiative.
Today, through MEASURE Evaluation, JSI has provided extensive support to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to improve the capacity of staff at the National HIV/AIDS and Malaria Control Program in monitoring and evaluation by helping to create an integrated health information system. MEASURE’s activities have also focused on data quality management, updating software, and standard operating procedures to strengthen the data collection system, which integrates HIV and malaria, reproductive health and family planning, TB, and community-based health data.
During FY17, MEASURE Evaluation focused on reinforcing the data management capacity and the use of health information for decision making in all decentralized health structures, and integrating malaria indicators into the regional health information system. This platform is now strong enough to manage information for the entire health sector.
MEASURE Evaluation supported the review and definition of the reported HIV and malaria indicators. In collaboration with the programs and its partners, the project led the development of program information system protocols and guidelines to improve data completeness, consistency, and accuracy. The work of the project includes the review of patient files and registers of recorded and reported malaria and HIV cases and deaths to determine the level of accuracy of the reports to improve understanding causes of deaths and malaria and HIV trends among pregnant women