Linking Health Information Systems for Effective Decision Making (East Africa)

Researchers have suggested that collaborative health systems research can improve the performance of a district health system (DHS).

This collaborative research project will test an integrated community-based health information system (CBHIS) linked to an institutional health information system (HIS) in various Kenyan contexts (rural, informal urban, nomadic).

The CBHIS will consist of village registers prepared and updated every six months by volunteer community health workers (CHWs). The registers will be summarized on chalkboards and used in deliberative dialogue sessions at the community and health facility levels. The HIS will be linked to the CBHIS by including village of origin of service users in their registers. This will allow health administrators to relate and compare their data on service coverage, morbidity and mortality with those from the CBHIS, and improve decision-making, planning and resource allocation in consequence.

Communities can use this information to choose appropriate health behaviour, demand effective service and hold governments accountable for health resources allocation. The idea is to bridge the interface between community and health system to ensure equity in access to health care.

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Start Date

Monday, December 14, 2009

End Date

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


36 months

IDRC Officer

Larocque, Renee

Total funding

CA$ 327,030


North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

John Odondi

Project Leader

Dan Kaseje


Tropical Institute of Community Health Development Trust Registered Trustees

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Project Leader

Nancy Edwards


University of Ottawa

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