Swiss TPH through the Paper Based Health Information System in Child Care (PHISICC) project is exploring ways to make Primary Health Care data tools SMART in Nigeria, Mozambique and Ivory Coast.
The Nigerian team, together with those from other target countries met for three days of workshops (4-6th December) to examine paper-based data collection tools currently used at the Primary Health Care (PHC) level. The aim is to redesign and improve the quality of the tools to make them less complex and fit for decision making for all stakeholders.
The PHISICC project presents an opportunity for development partners to streamline the health information they require from PHC facilities, by actively engaging the PHISICC research team and sharing their experience from the field. Although most African countries have adopted technology in data management, data collection is still largely paper-based, especially at the PHC level in hard to reach and less wired areas.
Efforts by governments and development partners should therefore be focused on making paper-based data collection simpler, less voluminous, of better quality, and of less burden to the frontline health workers.
Read more about our experiences at the PHISICC workshop – Improving lives through better design
Written by: Team Nigeria, Grand Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, 6 Dec 2017
Group photo L to R: Dr Obasi, Dr Edu, Dr Abatta, Mr Ugi, Prof Oyo-Ita, Dr Njepuome, Ms Oyo, Dr Adoghe