The RHINO Safari: Moving Routine Health Information Systems into Higher Gear  MEASURE Evaluation Symposium Alexandria, VA ...
Routine Health Information Systems (RHIS) <ul><li>Facility-based and ideally also community-based data collection </li></u...
Symposium 2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure Unfortunately, RHIS in most developing countries are woefully inadequate to generat...
Some of the lessons learned Based on 20 years of country experiences <ul><li>Need for standardized data generation archite...
Creation of RHINO (2001):  The Routine Health Information NetwOrk <ul><li>Network of organizations and professionals conce...
RHINO Mission <ul><li>To advocate for improved practices of RHIS design and implementation in LDCs  </li></ul><ul><li>To a...
RHINO: summary of activities  (2001-2007)   <ul><li>Networking: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>International Workshops  </li></ul><...
Is RHINO sustainable beyond MEASURE Evaluation?  <ul><li>RHINO: too heavily dependent upon USAID funding </li></ul><ul><li...
The RHINO safari in high gear… Symposium 2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
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    1. 1. The RHINO Safari: Moving Routine Health Information Systems into Higher Gear MEASURE Evaluation Symposium Alexandria, VA February 20, 2008
    2. 2. Routine Health Information Systems (RHIS) <ul><li>Facility-based and ideally also community-based data collection </li></ul><ul><li>Main source of information for planning and management of quality health services at district level and below </li></ul><ul><li>Main provider of information on service delivery and use of resources to national and global levels </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal tool for integrated management of health interventions </li></ul>Symposium 2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    3. 3. Symposium 2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure Unfortunately, RHIS in most developing countries are woefully inadequate to generate information support <ul><li>As a result </li></ul><ul><li>Poor use of information by users at all levels: care providers as well as managers </li></ul><ul><li>Reliance on infrequent survey data collection methods whose findings are relevant only to national and global levels </li></ul><ul><li>So the right question is: </li></ul><ul><li>How can we improve the RHIS performance and use of information in support of planning and management of quality district health systems? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Some of the lessons learned Based on 20 years of country experiences <ul><li>Need for standardized data generation architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Need for well defined RHIS performance criteria: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Production of relevant and quality information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued use of information for DM at all levels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need for better understanding of factors influencing RHIS performance: the PRISM framework </li></ul><ul><li>Need for advocacy and capacity building </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Become a RHINO </li></ul></ul></ul>Symposium 2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    5. 5. Creation of RHINO (2001): The Routine Health Information NetwOrk <ul><li>Network of organizations and professionals concerned with improving the quality and sustainability of RHIS in developing countries </li></ul><ul><li>Funding mainly through USAID (MEASURE Evaluation) </li></ul><ul><li>Currently 600+ members from 60+ countries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ministries of Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bilateral and multilateral donor agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consulting agencies and NGOs </li></ul></ul>Symposium 2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    6. 6. RHINO Mission <ul><li>To advocate for improved practices of RHIS design and implementation in LDCs </li></ul><ul><li>To advocate for use of routine health information for evidence-based decision making </li></ul><ul><li>To advance the state of the art in routine health information systems (RHIS) </li></ul><ul><li>To contribute to capacity building efforts in RHIS strengthening </li></ul>Symposium 2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    7. 7. RHINO: summary of activities (2001-2007) <ul><li>Networking: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>International Workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website with moderated listserv: www.rhinonet.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration with WHO/World Bank/HMN </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research and Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of PRISM framework </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Capacity building </li></ul><ul><ul><li>International PRISM courses in South Africa, Mexico and Senegal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RHINO forums on SOTA topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consultants database </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annotated bibliography on RHIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publications </li></ul></ul>Symposium 2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    8. 8. Is RHINO sustainable beyond MEASURE Evaluation? <ul><li>RHINO: too heavily dependent upon USAID funding </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of an independent NGO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Registered as NGO in Massachusetts in December 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversified Board of Directors established </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Draft business plan ready for development of a sustainable fund raising strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Operationalize collaboration with the Health Metrics Network (HMN) </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement of other technical agencies working on RHIS reform </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adding R&D strength to the Network </li></ul></ul>Symposium 2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure
    9. 9. The RHINO safari in high gear… Symposium 2008 www.cpc.unc.edu/measure

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