Strengthening Bangladesh's National Health Information System

Details of the organization
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • The organization has a strategy for coordinating WSIS Implementation at the national level: No
  • The organization has a national e-strategy: Yes

Information about the project
Strengthening Bangladesh's National Health Information System
Bangladesh’s fragmented and inefficient health information system (HIS) does not provide policymakers with timely, comprehensive and quality data for monitoring population health and targeting health interventions. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, with support from GIZ, has enabled public health facilities to report routine health information electronically through an internationally renowned open source software, DHIS2. It also promotes the use of routine information for decision-making by training health managers in health informatics. Dramatically reduced administrative burdens as more than 7,000 health facilities now report routine information electronically, and better services as health workers use individual records to track pregnant women and children. An openly accessible electronic data repository with 33 interoperable datasets from different departments and vertical programmes enhances the work of health policymakers, while growing adoption of this common reporting platform is streamlining HIS governance.  It is possible to bring about a more harmonised health information system even in the absence of an overarching HIS policy and framework. Bangladesh’s HIS has been strengthened incrementally, in part through the introduction of low-cost technologies which enjoy widespread use in developing countries.
National implementation: Bangladesh
Completed from 01/07/2009 to 30/06/2016

WSIS information
      * E-health
  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Project