What would you do as a patient if you weren’t sure if the medicine you’re receiving is genuine? What would you do as a healthcare provider if you couldn’t find high-quality medicines to treat your patients? How then can we make sure that healthcare providers and patients have access to high-quality medication?
In Ethiopia, the health sector is undergoing a sea-change—organizationally, behaviorally, and technologically. The transformation is being driven by the goal of ensuring quality and equity of health care services and universal coverage.
Strong health systems need strong leaders. USAID Transform: Primary Health Care is strengthening Ethiopia’s health management leadership so that it can reduce preventable child and maternal death through simple cost-effective and proven interventions such as increased immunization and deliveries in health facilities, and improved perinatal access, attendance, and care.
In Ethiopia, the Universal Immunization through Improving Family Health Services project is using quality improvement methods and tools to enable health workers to use data for decision making.
Ethiopia is revolutionizing its current health management information system by adopting DHIS2—a tool with global acclaim for transforming the way health data is collected, validated, visualized, and analyzed.
Human-centered design is considered an innovative approach for exploring issues from a 360-degree point of view and placing the end user’s needs and desires in the forefront of data use improvement strategies. In this blog, JSI’s Benti Ejeta discusses how it’s being used to improve the quality of health data in Ethiopia.
When we first started this work (in Ethiopia) about seven years ago, when customers came to a warehouse in search of their medicines, the pharmacist had to run down to the warehouse to check if they had an item (it took too long to find the stock card). Now they can access the data the same way as my Walgreens pharmacist can. And they can look to see if the stock is available at any of the other warehouses (even if the nearest location might be a day away).
Since 2012, 24.4 million more women and girls are accessing modern contraception, bringing the total to 290.6 million users in the 69 FP2020 focus countries. Yet as we take time to celebrate these gains for women and girls, we know that there are still places in the world where a woman’s choice to use those contraceptives is not a given. As of 2015, 10 million fewer women and girls have been reached with lifesaving contraception than we had hoped by this time. Continuing at this pace means that millions of women and girls will not receive the family planning services and supplies they need to support their fundamental right to make decisions about their reproductive health. JSI’s Leslie Patykewich looks at the gains that have been made in ensuring women and girls have access to contraceptive information, services and supplies, and ways to address the barriers that are still faced.
JSI’s Paul Dowling, Rachel Kearl, Al Shiferaw of the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT describe the three pillar’s of JSI’s work in Ethiopia to improve data visibility to strengthen the country’s health supply chain.
More than 800 political leaders, technical experts and advocates attended the first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa, sponsored by WHO/AFRO and the African Union in Addis Ababa, 24-25 February 2016.