General Information

The European Union is funding “Technical Assistance to Support the Strengthening of the Health Information System” project in Tajikistan. The EUR 3.4 million project lasts for 42 months and is being implemented by EPOS Health Management (Germany) in consortium with ICON-Institute Public Sector (Germany), Oslo University (Norway) and IrfatC (Tajikistan).

Who are the Partners of the Project?

  • The Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Tajikistan is the lead partner among the project beneficiaries, with the Republican Centre of Medical Statistics and Information as the main responsible entity for collecting, storing and managing the information related to health care and health status of the population. 
  • The Civil Registration Office of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan is mandated to register births and death and is another key beneficiary of the project.  
  • The Agency on Statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, responsible for official Government statistics, is a further target group of the project.

When did the Project start?

The current phase of the project started in November 2012 and will run up to May 2016. The project is currently in its active implementation phase.

What is the main objective of the Project?

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the improvement of the population's health and to a healthier living environment, supporting the health system reforms towards a results-oriented, system-complete, and well-resourced health sector in the Republic of Tajikistan. This objective corresponds to key elements of the National Health Strategy (NHS) for 2010-2020 with its emphasis on 'population's health' and a 'healthy environment', paying attention to preventive health care and the reduction of chronic and infectious diseases.

The project focuses on the roll-out of a country-wide electronic reporting system. This requires the integration of key data sources from within the health sector as well as data about births and deaths into a national data warehouse. For the use and usefulness of any information the quality of the data is crucial. The project supports this with awareness raising efforts and a capacity building strategy that is targeted at national, region and rayon levels throughout Tajikistan. Finally, the project tries to link the availability of quality information with the processes of planning and monitoring and evaluation at the central level. Sharing information about the health status of the population and the status of delivery of health services within the country enables senior managers within the health system to make better decisions for better health of the population.

Within this frame the project aims to contribute to the improvement of collecting health data throughout the country to support informed decision making, better understanding of the performance of the health sector and better use of resources.

What is the National Health Information System?

A National Health Information System is a modern and well managed system reaching all levels of the society. It is flexible and easy to customize to local needs while producing quality evidence-based information to all levels of healthcare management and for the government policy development.

The HIS’s aim is to support maximum quality of service and health management.

The Project key expected results are:

  • The NHIS based on the DHIS2 system, is installed and processing routine health facility data of 65 districts and cities of the Republic of Tajikistan in on-line regime;
  • The districts are equipped with laptop computers, modems for accessing central servers and printers;
  • Monthly health facility reports are entered timely and data validity checks are performed;
  • The HIS servers are located at a secure office in Dushanbe;
  • Intensive user-training and back-up support is in the process;
  • Civil Registration Office and its district offices are equipped with similar hardware for secure data communication;
  • Electronic registration for all seven types of vital events recorded by CRO is in place and in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan.

 

Chronological line of the Project

Phases of the Project

Dates

Key Results

Phase 1

2008 - 2009

Assessment Report produced based on the HMN/WHO tools

Phase 2

2010 –2011

Priorities setting

Strategic planning

Indicator-and data collecting forms revision

 

Phase 3

2012 – 2016

HIS infrastructure is developed and established throughout the country