ANTANANARIVO – As part of their commitment to help improve the delivery of health services in Madagascar, the American people, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), yesterday donated equipment that helps the Ministry of Public Health to set up an online health information system to track data on COVID-19 vaccinations. The hardware will leverage a system known as District Health Information Software (DHIS2) as well as an additional new application called Covax Tracker which provides managers with data from the ministry’s Expanded Immunization Program (EPI) to monitor performance. vaccination against COVID-19 in real time.
“Having accessible data is essential for effective health monitoring, planning and strategic decision-making to prevent and respond to emergencies and ensure access to quality services,” said the director. Acting USAID Mission Director Randy Chester at a ceremony marking the donation. “The technology will allow health officials to monitor vaccination coverage and the effectiveness of case management for COVID-19 and other health issues.”
The equipment, worth $14,700 (AR 60.5 million), is provided under the Measure Malaria project of the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and includes eight laptop computers, eight routers, four external disk drives and a printer. The capability of the new hardware provides access to real-time health data via the Internet and enables in-depth analysis of data, trends and geographic comparisons of health indicators.
Since 2020, PMI Measure Malaria has helped Madagascar strengthen access to routine health information system data, including the private health sector, malaria surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, and the quality of data for use in strategic decision-making. The project operates in 11 countries on four continents to strengthen health information systems.
In collaboration with other USAID projects, Measure Malaria will continue to train specialists from the Ministry of Public Health in data management and analysis as well as the development of action plans to improve disease prevention and health management services.
The delivery of this computer equipment is only part of the support that USAID has provided to the Ministry of Public Health. The US government works with the government of Madagascar as “Mpirahalahy Mianala” to strengthen the national health information system and improve access to quality health services.
The US government is the largest donor to the health sector in Madagascar, allocating more than $440 million since 2015 to fund health activities, including $16 million for the fight against COVID-19.