Hurdles of having multiple disaggregations in the same data set

Hi DHIS2 community and developers!

Happy to be a new member of this forum. We are looking for advice and timelines regarding identified bugs of the Data Entry app.

The ICRC team is migrating the existing Health Monitoring platform to DHIS2.
Initial feedbacks collected during User Acceptance tests of basic aggregate forms show a strong resistance by ICRC end-users mainly due to the confusion when filling in Data entry forms.

Below two existing JIRA issues that are major blockers for our rollout, unfortunately we have no further information whether they are considered for a future release. @Gassim could you link the right developers to the three respective issues and provide us some visibility whether these bug is considered at the moment? Thank you!

Issue 1) Data elements with differing cat combos in the same section do not respect sort order

Jira issue : DHIS2-8203

This bug makes it impossible to structure a data entry form with differing disaggregations in the same section. Within the data entry form, the yes/no question is displayed after the numeric values to be recorded.

Issue 2) Indicators are displayed twice in data entry when the section contains multiple category combos.

Jira issue : DHIS2-7164

Indicators displayed within a data entry form can be displayed several times within a section according to the different category combinations being used for data elements.

In the example below, as a result of a data entry form based on data elements using 2 category combinations + 1 dataelement without category combination, the Indicators will appear 3 times.


These two bugs bring lots of confusion to the end-user and may lead us to have to implement custom forms which in turn prevent us from using the Capture app…

A third issue logged at is also impacting us – but we believe it is already in Planned state according to the issue status.

Thanks a lot for looking into these!

Nicolas and team,



@Nicolas welcome to the community! I have also seen the mentions in the Jira issues and I have asked for support. Thank you! :slightly_smiling_face:

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Thanks for pushing this. We are looking into it and a fix is coming very soon.

Thank you,


@Gassim @Abyot_Gizaw Thank you for replying to our request. We would just like to make sure that the first issue raised “Issue 1) Data elements with differing cat combos in the same section do not respect sort order*” is well formulated and therefore well understood.
As mentioned, the order of the data elements and indicators within a section is very important to the user experience as it has to follow the logic of the content of the DEs/indicators. However, we realize that in DHIS2 the logic behind the order of DEs/indicators is rather following the data type/category combo instead of the predefined order we would like to give. Ideally, we would prefer to be able to display a given set of DEs/indicators for example in the following order :

  1. DE1 with simple numeric entry
  2. DE2 with CatCombo -age/sex
  3. indicator 1
  4. DE3 with simple numeric entry
  5. DE4 with CatCombo- age
  6. indicator 2
  7. DE5 single choice - yes/no
    We need this order to be respected as there are cases where e.g.“DE2” should not be separated from e.g “indicator1” regardless of the fact that one is a DE and the other an indicator and taking into account the DE name (content).

May we kindly ask if this is the same understanding of the existing Jira issue on your your end or if not, to create a new issue to consider?

Thank you very much in advance,
Best regards,
Ioanna, Nicolas, ICRC team