The hallmark of a health information system is that it meets the defined information needs for a country—whatever their health issues may be. If it doesn’t do that, it isn’t working and health planning and services will suffer. That’s the message from Derek Kunaka, the senior health information systems advisor for MEASURE Evaluation, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Some countries have neither health metrics nor a fully deployed health information system. MEASURE Evaluation works with countries to first identify what health data needs to be collected and how to do it efficiently and with high quality. In this short podcast, hear his take on this kind of work in low-resource countries.