Afghanistan's First Data Warehouse for the Health Sector
Working with Palladium, the Ministry of Public Health has launched Afghanistan's first health sector Data Warehouse. The innovative web-based system will store and share health data with stakeholders and policy-makers.
The Data Warehouse initiative has been supported through USAID’s Health Sector Resiliency (HSR) project, managed by Palladium. HSR supports the Afghan government to foster a strengthened, reformed and increasingly self-reliant Afghan health system. The project’s overarching goals are to improve health sector governance and accountability, increase government financing for priority health services, and strengthen the human resources systems and operations at the Ministry of Public Health. HSR closely aligns government initiatives with the private sector. These alignments include:
- improving private sector policy environment
- hospital Public-Private Partnership (PPP) procurement processes
- building the capacity of key MoPH departments such as Private Sector Coordination, Health Economics and Finance
- licensing and streamlining and improving health sector systems such as the National Health Accounts
- Expenditure Management Information System (EMIS)
- implementing private hospital Minimum Required Standards (MRS)
- private sector Health Information Systems (HIS).
The main objective of the Data Warehouse is to improve the organization of, access to and use of data for improving planning, decision-making and tracking of health programs. Before this initiative, public health sector data was unintegrated, off-line and not easily accessible to stakeholders to use for health programs planning and assessing status of services. Using the District Health Information Software - 2 (DHIS2), managers, policy makers, stakeholders and the public will now have easy access to this important health data. Any user can conduct basic analysis and present information in useful graphs, charts and maps to facilitate easy understanding and communication. The Data Warehouse will help the government and program implementers to assess and monitor program implementation and service delivery performance in different parts of the country, at multiple-levels – central, provincial and district levels. The tool can also be used to improve service delivery through instant review and tracking of selected health indicators.
“The Data Warehouse will help the MoPH to better plan and monitor health programs,” said Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, the Minister of Public Health. He added that the tool will increase accountability and transparency in health programs through wider dissemination of health sector data to stakeholders and the public.