Grant amount: $35,780
Details: Assessment, Strategic planning, stakeholder engagement.
We used the HMN Framework as a guide and the HMN Health Information System Situation Analysis Tool for this first baseline assessment. As a first step in the planning of an assessment of the national HIS, we have established the assessment team. The assessment was conducted on May 4- 5, 2006 in Gurjaani, Eastern Georgia. It was carried out as a large national workshop involving all key stakeholders in an interactive self-assessment process. This was followed by series of meetings and interviews between the key informants conducted June 4-6 2006 in Tbilisi. The purpose of these meetings and interviews was to complete sections that were not finished during the workshop and get further qualitative comments about different issues.
The table below presents the assessment results by showing the scores of all the assessed items in ascending order. Items that scored below 40% are classified as “not adequate”, followed by “present but not adequate” (40-60%), “adequate” (60-80%), and “highly adequate” (80-100%).
Using this ranking order and other assessment findings, we did prioritize and identified actions to be undertaken in the short and medium/longer terms. The underlying philosophy for priority-setting was that strengthening has to be incremental, a staged roll-out of key actions with a gradual scaling-up as resources and capacities permit. More precise estimation of the needed resources has to be done as a next step in preparing HIS development plan following this assessment.
The following priorities have been identified based on the assessment results:
- Improving policy and planning framework;
- Improving standards, classifications and methodological guidelines;
- Improving institutions and human resources;
- Design and implementation of HIV behavioral surveillance;
- Improving surveillance of non communicable disease;
- Improving facility based data.