Recommended Hosting Sites for DHIS

Dear all,

We are a medical NGO operating in Papua New Guinea. We are looking at running a small internal version of DHIS to help consolidate some of our many health reporting systems.

For a number of reasons we would like to host it externally and are struggling to find a good host. We’ve tried a number of low-end VPS’s that theoretically have all the pre-requisites but can’t seem to generate a stable install (everything just falls over now and then)

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a host (or hosting package) that they have found works well for DHIS.

Cheers

Dylan

Hi,

we can recommend linode.com, they offer very stable and well-performing virtual servers with good management interfaces (Intel Xeon 4 x 2 Ghz processors). Suggest you go for at least 4GB RAM, Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit version, or for less needs 2GB RAM Ubuntu 10.10 32 bit version.

Lars

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On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 10:06 AM, Dylan Tovey dylan@susumamas.org.pg wrote:

Dear all,

We are a medical NGO operating in Papua New Guinea. We are looking at running a small internal version of DHIS to help consolidate some of our many health reporting systems.

For a number of reasons we would like to host it externally and are struggling to find a good host. We’ve tried a number of low-end VPS’s that theoretically have all the pre-requisites but can’t seem to generate a stable install (everything just falls over now and then)

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a host (or hosting package) that they have found works well for DHIS.

Cheers

Dylan


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Hi Dylan,

Very interesting to hear you are using DHIS2 in PNG.

My recommendation would be to go with a Linode. They are very stable,
and it is really easy to increase the capacity if needed. You should
ensure you have enough RAM (2 GB would probably do).

http://www.linode.com/index.cfm

There are some setup instructions in section 3.1.4 of the user manual.
Some of the same is here:
http://www.openhealthconsortium.org/wiki/doku.php?id=ohm_on_an_ubuntu_server

Let us know if you need help setting things up

Knut

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On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 10:06 AM, Dylan Tovey <dylan@susumamas.org.pg> wrote:

Dear all,

We are a medical NGO operating in Papua New Guinea. We are looking at
running a small internal version of DHIS to help consolidate some of our
many health reporting systems.

For a number of reasons we would like to host it externally and are
struggling to find a good host. We’ve tried a number of low-end VPS’s that
theoretically have all the pre-requisites but can’t seem to generate a
stable install (everything just falls over now and then)

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a host (or hosting package) that
they have found works well for DHIS.

Cheers

Dylan

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Knut Staring

Nice to see agreement in our recommendations :wink:

Should also add that Tomcat 7 seems to be working well, as Lars
communicated to this list recently, so that is the recommendation now.

Knut

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2011/2/4 Lars Helge Øverland <larshelge@gmail.com>:

Hi,
we can recommend linode.com, they offer very stable and well-performing
virtual servers with good management interfaces (Intel Xeon 4 x 2 Ghz
processors). Suggest you go for at least 4GB RAM, Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit
version, or for less needs 2GB RAM Ubuntu 10.10 32 bit version.
Lars

On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 10:06 AM, Dylan Tovey <dylan@susumamas.org.pg> wrote:

Dear all,

We are a medical NGO operating in Papua New Guinea. We are looking at
running a small internal version of DHIS to help consolidate some of our
many health reporting systems.

For a number of reasons we would like to host it externally and are
struggling to find a good host. We’ve tried a number of low-end VPS’s that
theoretically have all the pre-requisites but can’t seem to generate a
stable install (everything just falls over now and then)

Just wondering if anyone could recommend a host (or hosting package) that
they have found works well for DHIS.

Cheers

Dylan

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Dear all,

I just had a conceptual question about the best way to set up indicators in DHIS2.

We run a network of primary health care clinics in Papua New Guinea. We tend to provide supplementary health services (where clinics are dysfunctional, not operating or temporarily out of medications etc) so draw clients across a wide range of official catchment areas (and in constantly changing proportions etc). As an example, at the clinic in which I am sitting currently we draw clients from over 11 government catchment areas

I am comfortable setting up absolute indicators and indicators that reference the clients that come to our services. However, I wondered if anybody had any thoughts about ways we could generate indicators against some form of external population figures. I suspect it might be fairly challenging but was hoping someone may have experienced similar issues in the past.

Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

Dylan

Hi Dylan,
Interesting requirement but not totally unusual. We see similar
patterns in Zambia with regard to immunization. Due to campaigns, some
months see many more visits to a clinic than what would otherwise be
normal. So, in this case, we can calculate an effective cachement
population based on historical figures. .You can also can based the
estimated catchment population perhaps on last years of last months
figures, calculate this externally in some statistical package or
Excel, and load this figure into DHIS2. How this figure gets
calculated is more of a question for the statisticians, which I am
not.

Otherwise basing the indicators on monthly attendance should also be a
possibility.

Regards,
Jason

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On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 1:52 AM, Dylan Tovey <dylan@susumamas.org.pg> wrote:

Dear all,

I just had a conceptual question about the best way te o set up indicators in DHIS2.

We run a network of primary health care clinics in Papua New Guinea. We tend to provide supplementary health services (where clinics are dysfunctional, not operating or temporarily out of medications etc) so draw clients across a wide range of official catchment areas (and in constantly changing proportions etc). As an example, at the clinic in which I am sitting currently we draw clients from over 11 government catchment areas

I am comfortable setting up absolute indicators and indicators that reference the clients that come to our services. However, I wondered if anybody had any thoughts about ways we could generate indicators against some form of external population figures. I suspect it might be fairly challenging but was hoping someone may have experienced similar issues in the past.

Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

Dylan

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Hi Dylan & Jason,

As i understand the problem is more people from different catchment area to one particular place or facility/clinic and generating indicator based on population is not relevant.

instead of using population, indicator can be based on dose supplied or available at that facility/clinic. Since the object of the presentation would be how much did the camp or program have contributed it would be better to relate the performance with respect to dose supplied and consumed.

John

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On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 11:49 AM, Jason Pickering jason.p.pickering@gmail.com wrote:

Hi Dylan,

Interesting requirement but not totally unusual. We see similar

patterns in Zambia with regard to immunization. Due to campaigns, some

months see many more visits to a clinic than what would otherwise be

normal. So, in this case, we can calculate an effective cachement

population based on historical figures. .You can also can based the

estimated catchment population perhaps on last years of last months

figures, calculate this externally in some statistical package or

Excel, and load this figure into DHIS2. How this figure gets

calculated is more of a question for the statisticians, which I am

not.

Otherwise basing the indicators on monthly attendance should also be a

possibility.

Regards,

Jason

On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 1:52 AM, Dylan Tovey dylan@susumamas.org.pg wrote:

Dear all,

I just had a conceptual question about the best way te o set up indicators in DHIS2.

We run a network of primary health care clinics in Papua New Guinea. We tend to provide supplementary health services (where clinics are dysfunctional, not operating or temporarily out of medications etc) so draw clients across a wide range of official catchment areas (and in constantly changing proportions etc). As an example, at the clinic in which I am sitting currently we draw clients from over 11 government catchment areas

I am comfortable setting up absolute indicators and indicators that reference the clients that come to our services. However, I wondered if anybody had any thoughts about ways we could generate indicators against some form of external population figures. I suspect it might be fairly challenging but was hoping someone may have experienced similar issues in the past.

Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

Dylan


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