DHIS2 Tracker Programs at household and individual levels for ITN and SMC campaigns in Cote d’Ivoire

This abstract has been accepted at the 2024 DHIS2 Annual Conference

DHIS2 Tracker Programs at household and individual levels for ITN and SMC campaigns in Cote d’Ivoire

Population Services International, funded by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, supported the Ivorian Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Control Program to carry out mini distribution campaigns for insecticide-treatment bed nets (ITNs) and seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC). The NMCP DHIS2 instance (separate from the national HMIS) was used for digital data reporting. Tracker programs were developed to capture household-level information for the ITN campaign and individual-level data for the SMC campaign, and both tracked entity types were related. The DHIS2 Android Capture mobile application was used for data capture. QR codes simplified searching for individuals and households. Households and children were registered during the enumeration stage of the ITN campaign, which reached 48,335 households with 127,486 ITNs. SMC campaigns are done over the rainy season, which one round of antimalarials given to eligible children every month of the rainy season. This was Cote d’Ivoire’s first SMC campaign ever, as it was conducted as a pilot in two districts. The first and second cycles of SMC reached 38,766 children and 40,513 children, respectively. The process started with the configuration of data collection tools as DHIS2 tracker programs and creating indicators to monitor performance in the DHIS2 dashboard. Then, user acceptance testing was conducted. Necessary corrections were made to the forms and the dashboard based on feedback. Implementing actors (e.g., supervisors, district management teams, and community health workers) were trained using tablets equipped with the DHIS2 Android Capture app for the collection of household-level data using a QR code. Training also included data visualizations and analyses of the DHIS2 dashboard. Households were given tickets with a QR code at registration, which were scanned at each of the distribution rounds fo. This allowed quick searches of the household to quicker data capture and overall a quicker campaign, since data capture took less time per household, even offline. Data was submitted each day, allowing near real-time monitoring across the entire campaign. The digitization improved the quality of the data and the coverage rates thanks to the near-real time monitoring of activities.

Primary Author: Amadou Donapoho Soro

DHIS2, tracker, QR codes, dashboard, ITN, SMC, NMCP, PMI, USAID