Information component of the WHO programme in
Bangladesh has been providing support to the Management Information System
(MIS) in the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the
Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) for improved management of the
health sector through effective measurement of health outcomes and
appropriate decision making at all levels.
Specifically the support has been provided for improvement of collection,
storage, analysis and dissemination of health information for the purpose of
planning, organizing and managing health services.
management component has been providing support for generation collection and
storage of locally available knowledge assets as well as improving
availability of international source of knowledge. Specifically the support
has been provided to improvement of the management of health libraries,
collection and storage of local knowledge assets and improved access to
global knowledge sources like HINARI and HeLLIS.
government has taken significant initiatives for improvement of the MIS at
all levels for enabling the system to deliver timely reliable information to
the planners, managers and professionals of the health sector for
evidence-based decision making. Regular and timely publications of health
bulletins and year books, modernization of the data collection and storage
system, publication of the Health Information System (HIS) assessment report
using Health Metric Network (HMN) assessment tools are some of the examples
of present initiatives for improvement of the system in the country.
functional improvement has also been made in health libraries with capacity
building of health librarians and application of ICT tools for their
management. A good number of health professionals have been exposed to
international sources of knowledge.
At present three
major MIS i.e. health, family planning and nutrition, are functioning under
the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)
with little or no effective coordination between them. Amongst them, the
nutritional MIS is comparatively new and still in its development stage. In
addition, some of the large programmes like malaria
and tuberculosis are maintaining their own vertical information system.
Moreover, all city corporations and municipalities, being under the Ministry
of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, have separate health
information management system in their areas, which are quite separate from
that of the MOHFW with no linkage between them. There is also no established communication
linkage of information system under the MOHFW with other agencies/departments
in other ministries like Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) engaged in
collection and dissemination of health information. Recently published HIS
assessment report, has clearly pointed out weaknesses, particularly in data
management and availability of resources for MIS.
of information system in the country, adequate attention should be given for
improvement of the capacity of the MIS staff working at different levels.
Deployment of trained staff at all tiers of the system with capability for
effectively managing and analyzing data and their proper dissemination and
use of information for decision making is an important challenge for the
also there to improve the management of health libraries with adequate
capacity and required logistic to bring them to standard of neighbouring countries. More and more related personnel
are to be trained in management of health libraries with ICT application
WHO support provided to the HMN project under
MOHFW for finalization of the assessment of the health information system in
Introduction of updated hospital recording and
reporting system in all government facilities with its expansion in some
private hospitals in Dhaka.
Introducing and updating Geographic
Information System (GIS) by the MIS, DGHS with re-designing ‘Geographic
Reconnaissance (GR)’ and piloting Service Availability Mapping (SAM).
Yearly publication of Health Bulletins by
Director, MIS, DGHS and publication and dissemination of annual MCH and FP
reports by the MIS, DGFP.
Development of training manual for health
librarians and training of health librarians on management of health
libraries with application of ICT.
Collection and storage of theses and
dissertations of students of postgraduate medical institutions.
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Capacity improvement of the staff of the MIS
units at national and sub-national level for management of quality data and
dissemination and use of information.
Development of the strategic ‘Health
Information Improvement Plan’ through HMN support and implementation of
priority activities of the plan will also be supported by WHO.
Application of ‘Service Availability Mapping’
for improvement of information collection in Joint UN Maternal and Neonatal
Training of health professionals on access to
regional and global sources of knowledge.
Networking of health libraries with National
Health Library and Documentation Centre