JSI has contributed significantly to strengthening Burundi’s health information system (HIS), particularly in the areas of HIV, malaria, reproductive health, and immunization. JSI works hand-in-hand with Burundi’s Ministry of Health (MOH) to support interventions at national, provincial, commune, and community levels.
Through the Data.FI project, JSI is working with the MOH, USAID/Burundi, and PEPFAR clinical implementing partners to strengthen systems for collecting and reporting HIV data, to improve HIV data quality, and to strengthen use of HIV data for improved decision making and program planning within the public health system. The project is also supporting HIS and data governance as well as strengthening coordination within the HIS ecosystem to foster an environment in which HIV information systems can thrive.
Through MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV, JSI provided extensive support to the MOH to improve the capacity of staff at the National HIV/AIDS and Malaria Control Programs in monitoring and evaluation by helping to create an integrated HIS. MEASURE’s activities also focused on data quality management, updating software, and standard operating procedures to strengthen the data collection system, which integrates HIV, malaria, reproductive health and family planning, tuberculosis, and community-based health data.
JSI’s MEASURE Evaluation team also reinforced the data management capacity and the use of health information for decision making in all decentralized health structures, and integrated malaria indicators into the regional HIS. This platform is now strong enough to manage information for the entire health sector.
JSI evaluated and improved the functions of civil society organizations through the GAVI Study, reproductive health programs for UNFPA, and providing technical assistance to the International Trachoma Initiative.
JSI began working in Burundi in the late 1980s, implementing two major USAID-funded projects: the Family Planning 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.