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.
JSI’s MEASURE Evaluation team has 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 health information system. This platform is now strong enough to manage information for the entire health sector.
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 improved health information system (HIS) and data governance as well as strengthening coordination within the HIS ecosystem to foster an environment in which HIV information systems can thrive.