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Development And Analysis Of Child Health Repository In India Anil Mishra


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The goal of the national repository is to ensure the availability of electronic information resources of libraries, organization, NGO’s, department etc. at a common platform now and in the future. The project focuses on common services, operational guidelines, modules, government policies and programs related to child health.
The project aims at creating a common public interface by using open source software CMS Drupal for the development of the digital repository.
This paper highlights the functions, objectives and development of the digital repository. The paper covers the digital repository of the National child health Resource Centre (NCHRC).

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Development And Analysis Of Child Health Repository In India Anil Mishra

  1. 1. Development and Analysis of Child Health Repository in India Mr. Anil Kumar Mishra NCHRC, NIHFW New Delhi
  2. 2. Finding Health Information1. Current situation • Too many sites • Information often not digitized • Quality? • No authenticity of information2. A good information • Authentic and relevant • Easy to find, use and build on • Engage with provider • Freely accessible
  3. 3. What is a Digital Repository?A Digital Repository is an online locus for collecting,preserving, and disseminating - in digital form –the intellectual output of an institution, particularlya research institution, organization or department.
  4. 4. Situational Analysis on Child Health Repositories in IndiaFour of the commonly used existing repositories on health in India are1. WHO-India Health Repository2. National Health Information Collaboration (NHIC)3. Policy Reforms Option Database (HS-PROD)4. NGO Gateway The available child health repositories are –• Either not been updated or contains limited information• Limited access This has led to –• Inadequate sharing and exchange of information• lack of coherence between the needs and the programs• Poor visibility of child health issues• Duplication of efforts.
  5. 5. Elements of a possible solution• A portal that aggregates health information on the concerned topics from various sources• Easy to locate without much “noise”• Easy to use- formats, sharing, copyright cover• Freely accessible• Provided by known source you can engage with This gave us the inspiration for a National Repository on Child Health at NCHRC
  6. 6. NCHRCNational Child Health Resource Centre(NCHRC) was established in 2008 at NationalInstitute of Health & Family Welfare (NIHFW)with the approval from the Ministry of Health& Family Welfare, Government of India andwith financial support from Norway IndiaPartnership Initiative & United Nations Officefor Project Services (NIPI - UNOPS).
  7. 7. Importance of a National Repository on Child Health• To achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4.• NCHRC aims to strengthen the focus on child health and related maternal health, mainstream child health agenda in public health and create a platform at national and state level for discussion and information sharing on relevant issues.• There is not a single place/source in India where child health information is collated, managed and disseminated in an effective manner.
  8. 8. Plan for Repository Development• To develop a comprehensive ‘National Repository’ of information on child health and related maternal health under a single roof at the NIHFW.• To collect published and unpublished information on child health (not paediatric super-specialities) and related maternal health by contacting government and non- government agencies and international/national level organizations.• To make this resource freely available to the stakeholders and facilitate sharing/exchange of information which would lead to greater visibility of their work and prevent duplication of efforts for the same issues.• To disseminate updated information to stakeholders at all levels using monthly bulletins, group emails, RSS alerts, etc.
  9. 9. Target AudiencePolicy makers and analysts, academicians,training institutions, child health and publichealth professionals, state and district healthpersonnel working at the operational level,frontline workers, staff working in governmentand non-governmental organizations.
  10. 10. Sources for Collecting Information1. National:• Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW),• National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW)• National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD)• Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD)• National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC)• Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)• Central Bureau of Health Intelligence(CBHI).2. State:• State Depts. of Health & Family Welfare• State Institutes of Health and Family Welfare (SIHFWs),• State Departments of Women and Child Development (DWCDs)• Information Education & Communication cell (IEC cells).
  11. 11. 3. UN & International organizations:• World Health Organization (WHO-SEARO)• United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF)• Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI)• United States Agency for International Development (USAID)• Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI)• Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.4. NGO’s working in health in India (national & international): PATH, Save the Children, CARE, CRS, SEARCH, CHETNA, MAMTA, VHAI, CHAI, CMAI, PLAN, CINI, Pathfinder Int., McCarthur foundation, UHRC, etc.5. Professional bodies/networks: Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), National Neonatology Forum (NNF), PHERC, IAPH, TNAI, IIHMR, PHFI, TISS, etc.
  12. 12. Guidelines for Collecting & Categorizing Information• Resource material received from various sources• Transfer to folder ‘Unclassified material’• Expert writes abstract, key words for material in a word document file (doc.)• Copy material to expert’s sub-folder in the folder ‘For Reviewing’.• Record entry with unique serial no. in ‘Log of records’ number.• Transfer word document file to folder ‘Reviewed material’• Transfer to folder ‘Categorized material’ and upload on repository website categorized based on ‘List of categories’• Categorize reviewed material based on ‘List of categories’
  13. 13. Selection of Software• Done a feasible study of all the available open source software like Joomla, Drupal.• Selected Drupal CMS on Windows platform due to its stability and compatibility for our requirements.
  14. 14. Customization & E-template development• Customization of web pages according to the requirement.• Categorization of collected documents according to the core areas.• Metadata creation and uploading of information.• Dissemination of information.• Marketing through social networking and other tools
  15. 15. Repository on Child Health• Launched in July 2010• Collection & management of 500 resource materials• Free/open access to full text document or resource material for all users• Categorization of information into specific Topics & Themes• Abstract, Keywords, Source & Year of Publication for each document along with cover page photograph• Thesaurus (standardized vocabulary) & Link /
  16. 16. Source: Google Analytics
  17. 17. Thank you Anil Mishra