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The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Thursday, May 19 • 14:00 - 14:45
Promoting Local Ownership of Large-scale Health Projects LIMITED

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South Africa is faced with high HIV/TB co-infection. Health officials strive to manage resources and treat HIV and TB patients in a coordinated way, but the information systems supporting this various programs have been separate and incompatible. Multiple systems place a greater burden on the national and provincial departments of health (in terms of support and training), and negatively affect health outcomes on a national level.

The TB/HIV information systems (THIS) project was initiated by the National Department of Health (NDoH) in January 2015 to integrate the collection of HIV and TB data in South African health facilities. This integration will facilitate better management of co-infected patients, integrate patient data into a single record for HIV, DS-TB and DR-TB, reduce the systems burden on provinces, and harmonize M&E for TB and HIV. It will also encourage and facilitate data use at the facility, provincial, and national levels.

This presentation describes efforts to promote local ownership of an integrated national information system, and to manage change among a diverse set of stakeholders. It looks beyond the technology and considers fundamental non-technical issues such as data collection processes, creating and driving adherence to standard operating procedures, implementation documentation and guidelines, building capacity to implement and maintain systems, and fostering a culture of data use.

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Katherine de Tolly

Senior Project Manager, Vital Wave
Katherine de Tolly brings years of experience working at the intersection of health and technology, particularly mHealth. She has worked on projects focused on maternal and child health, HIV, PMTCT, and TB in her native South Africa, and throughout the continent. Most recently, she has led investigations of mHealth solutions for informal workers, and worked with South Africa's National Department of Health to align TB and HIV data systems. She... Read More →



Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
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