The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched National Scale-up of Electronic Management Information System (eMIS) for Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in a programme at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday.
The eMIS is an initiative for strengthening routine health information system by using electronic devices for collecting health-related information at the field level. The programme has been piloted in two districts of the country – Tangail and Habiganj and extended its operation in five more districts – Moulvibazar, Madaripur, Jhenaidah, Natore, and Noakhali.
Under this initiative, comprehensive and interlinked electronic tools have been developed for community workers and union-level service providers under DGFP and DGHS. The principal focus of eMIS initiatives is to automate the entire data collection process.
The eMIS tools are organised in three layers – population registration, service modules (for both community workers and union facility level managers) and supervising and monitoring tools for the upazila-level managers and decision makers.
However, population registration is conducted through a tablet-based app called Population Registration System (PRS) which is the foundation of eMIS. The population database is linked with all community and facility-based service modules.
Nearly 3.6 million individuals have been registered in two districts in between March 2015 and February 2017 by 847 community health workers.
The eMIS initiative is jointly being implemented by MEASURE Evolution, ICDDRB, MaMoni HSS of Save the Children, Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), and System for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS). US Agency for International Development (USAID) is a supporting partner of the enterprise.
Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mohammad Nasim addressed the ceremony as Chief Guest and State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Malequeas Special Guest.
The minister said: “The routine data collected by our health workers are very important as these data are analysed before implementing and adopting the relevant government policies.”
Dr Kazi Mustafa Sarwar, Director General, DGFP, chaired the ceremony while AKM Mahbubur Rahman Joarder, Joint Secretary and Director (MIS), DGFP, welcomed the guests while USAID representative, Md Sirazul Islam, Secretary, Medical Education and Family Welfare Division, Md Serajul Huq Khan, Secretary, Health Services Division, Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad, Director General, DGHS spoke as special guests.