Optimizing DHIS2 Platform for Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) Case-Based Reporting: Evidence for Full Scale Expansion

Part of the Maturing immunisation systems - Linking learning from routine EPI and C-19 vaccination: part 2 DAC2021 Session: Tuesday 22nd June 15:00

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Optimizing DHIS2 Platform for Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) Case-Based Reporting: Evidence for Full Scale Expansion.
Yohannes Dugasa
Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI)
Director, Travel and Border Health
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Background and Purpose:

Public health surveillance primarily aims to prevent and control diseases/conditions under surveillance, thereby serving as an instrument for evidence-based decision-making. In Ethiopia, despite several efforts for improving the surveillance system inadequate data quality and use disrupted the timely outbreak response and management. Considering these, the Ministry of Health (MoH)in collaboration with WHO and other stakeholders initiated the DHIS-2 platform for VPD-case-based data collection and reporting. Along with this, the Growing Expertise in E-Health Knowledge and Skills (GEEKS) in partnership with MoH was introduced in Ethiopia in December 2020 coordinated by ICAP and CDC. It is an applied project-based informatics training dedicated to strengthening health care workers capacity and improve their ability to use health information system such as DHIS2 and use the data from it to inform their response to health threats.


To strengthen individual capacity, GEEKS training workshop was conducted in December 2020, focusing on the root causes of data quality problems in existing health information systems and consequences to public health. After the training, MOH, WHO and EPHI staff where paired so that the capacity transfer would take place over the course of nine months of the GEEKS fellowship. This paper documents the initial development of the GEEKS DHIS-2 project, which aims to optimize the DHIS-II platform for Vaccine-Preventable Disease (VPD) Case-Based Reporting (CBR) to generate quantifiable information for proper monitoring and evaluation prospects.

Through a phased approach, the level of readiness of the DHIS-II platform for VPD case-based reporting is currently assessed. Followed by an assessment of whether all the VPD case-based reporting formats have been changed to the electronic form. And in the last phase, the necessary adjustment and retest will be done to the DHIS-2 accordingly before its recommendation for full-scale expansion.

Expected Results:

Following the implementation of the proposed project, individuals will have sufficient knowledge and skills that will enable the standardization of public health surveillance reporting formats throughout the country. Furthermore, the team will take the initiative of customizing the VPD case-based DHIS2 application, thereby improving the quality of VPD case-based data for timely outbreak detection and response by working in collaboration with MoH Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs), Regional PHEM and WHO.


Name: Yohannes Dugasa
Director, Travel and Border Health
Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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