Virtual Edition

We're going virtual!

With the health and  well-being of the DHIS2 community in mind, we have decided that the DHIS2 Symposium will be a 100% virtual experience this year. We surveyed Symposium participants and had conversations with our partners, and it became clear that remote participation is really the only way to proceed. For registrants that had paid for the in-person DHIS2 Symposium, we will be processing refunds to reflect the new lowered price to pass on the savings of the event space and catering that we are no longer incurring. The DHIS2 Symposium has also been moved from October to September since we are no longer restricted by the availability of the conference center.  With the 4th quarter being a very busy time for everyone, we hope that moving the Symposium up a month and spreading the program out gives you more time to consume the insightful content being provided by our speakers and panelists.

The program will include 50+ hours of content over nine days of presentations, spanning three calendar weeks. The Symposium will be facilitated through an online portal and mobile app, which will deliver all content seamlessly. With private messaging, live-polls, and a complete list of all attendees, you can be sure the program will be engaging and interactive. You can expect live presentations and discussions, keynote addresses, panel debates, the Experts Lounge, networking opportunities, sponsor highlights,  and breakout sessions. Not able to attend all the presentations? Not to worry. All sessions will be recorded, so you won't miss a thing. The best part of it - all the recorded content will be available and accessible during and after the Symposium, so you can tune in and watch speakers at your own pace and convenience.

Going virtual means we can increase participation by removing significant barriers, such as travel and cost. We are thrilled to spark conversation with a larger and more diverse audience than ever before.

Building community innovation to improve impact

The DHIS2 Symposium brings together representatives from global development agencies, governments, and NGOs with a shared vision of using data to drive decision making and impact. It is an opportunity to interact with peers and thought leaders in health systems strengthening, monitoring & evaluation, and analytics. Our two-day event will highlight how DHIS2 is being used in creative ways to solve common challenges in collecting, managing, visualizing, and most importantly, using data.

Our theme for 2020 is Integrated Analytics. Join us as we hear bold ideas on how to forge interoperability, create meaningful visualizations, and use data to drive decision making across health system and organizational levels.

Why attend the DHIS2 Symposium?

  • Meet and network with other DHIS2 community members

  • Learn about the many diverse use cases of DHIS2 from over 30 different speakers

  • Hear lessons learnt and success stories

  • Expand your knowledge and find solutions to problems

  • Harness the energy of a like-minded community

  • Plenty of social and networking gatherings to expand your network of contacts

  • Come away with a better understanding of DHIS2 and how organizations are innovating in the use of DHIS2

  • Opportunities for collaboration with other DHIS2 users

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Confirmed speakers

Alda Mahumana

Ministry of Health of Mozambique

Brian O'Donnell

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Bwighane Clive Mwalwanda

Ministry of Health and Population - Malawi

Couper Turkewitz

BAO Systems

Daniel Messer

PSI

Farah Sbytte

UN Network-REACH

Frantz Peter Charles

DAI Global Health

Jaco Venter

HISP SA

Jason Brinkley

Abt Associates

Dr Jean Patrick Alfred

Unité d’Etudes et de Programmationdu Ministère de la Santé Publiqueet de la Population - Haïti

Jillian Berkowitz

Abt. Associates

John Beck

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Dr John Painter

CDC

Katherine Lew

BAO Systems

Knut Staring

University of Oslo

Lars Helge Øverland

University of Oslo

Lilly Siems

Abt. Associates

Lungi Okoko

USAID

Dr Malangizo Mbewe

Ministry of Health and Population - Malawi

Marta Vila

University of Oslo

Maya Rao

CRS

Mike Bitok

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Mike Frost

University of Oslo

Nicola Hobby

BAO Systems

Ntuthu Dhlamini

HISP SA

Ognen Plavevski

CRS

Patricia Mechael

HealthEnabled 

Pradeep Kumar Thakur

FHI360

Prosper Behumbiize

University of Oslo

Rodrigo Gramajo Rodriguez

PSI

Romain Tohouri

John Snow, Inc. (JSI)

Sarah Searle

BAO Systems

Scott Jackson

BAO Systems

Scott Merritt

Jhpiego

Scott Russpatrick

University of Oslo

Dr Sherri Bucher

Indiana University School of Medicine

Theo Gimenez

Abt Associates

Tim Harding

BAO Systems

Tyler Porth

Unicef

Dr Vincent Shaw

HISP SA

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Sessions

Thursday, October 1st

  • Opening Remarks

    Academy Hall

    Nicola Hobby, BAO Systems

  • Mobile Helping Babies Survive: Innovative application of DHIS2 platform to educate, train, and empower health care providers to save newborn lives

    Academy Hall

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    Newborn mortality is an urgent global health challenge; each year, around 2.5 million babies die within the first month of life. Most newborn deaths are preventable, but require that health care providers – particularly in low/middle-income countries (LMICs) – are equipped to recognize and manage newborn complications. Our multidisciplinary, international team has developed a suite of open-source, DHIS2-integrated digital health tools for LMIC health care providers called mobile Helping Babies Survive powered by DHIS2 (mHBS/DHIS2). mHBS/DHIS2 supports offline functions related to education, training, decision support, quality improvement, monitoring, and evaluation. mHBS/DHIS2 recently completed a field trial in Nigeria and Kenya among 230+ nurses/midwives from 18 health facilities. Attendees will learn more about the design, development, and evaluation of mHBS/DHIS2, as well as our vision for sustainable global scale-up.

    Dr Sherri Bucher, Indiana University School of Medicine

  • TBD

    Academy Hall

    Daniel Messer, PSI

  • Having the Data is Half the Battle

    Academy Hall

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    CDC will present best practices for analyzing and reporting data from DHIS2. The session walks through the process of conducting a valid and meaningful analysis of malaria cases reported to DHIS2, beginning with appropriately documenting data selection, data munging, and time-series analysis.

    John Painter, CDC

  • PMI Data Lakes and Predictive Analytics

    Academy Hall

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    USAID’s President’s Malaria Initiative is developing a data lake in order to prototype analytical approaches for becoming a more data-driven organization. Simultaneously, PMI has also established a new Quarterly Report requirement, wherein partner countries are requested to report malaria-related health data, disaggregated by month and by district, on a quarterly basis. PMI’s Malaria Data Integration and Visualization for Eradication (M-DIVE) platform serves as a new tool for ingesting, housing, analyzing, and visualizing epidemiological, supply chain, financial, entomological, demographic, climate, and other data from various sources, including the monthly data reported from countries on a quarterly basis. M-DIVE platform is designed to integrate with and complement existing tools such as DHIS2. The goal is to turn the M-DIVE platform into an analytics tool that is useful for National Malaria Control Programs and other key partners in the malaria community.

    Lungi Okoko, USAID

  • Panel Integrating Upstream Data Collection Tools with DHIS2: CommCare, KoBo, ODK, g-Sheet

    Academy Hall

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    Integration of primary data collection tools with DHIS2 enables programs to conduct more holistic data analysis. In this session, BAO Systems, Jhpiego, Pact, and Pathfinder will present on their reasons for wanting DHIS2 integration, approaches to facilitating upstream integration, and how these integrated datasets have improved analysis and decision making.

    Sarah Searle, BAO Systems

    Scott Merritt, Jhpiego

    Carolyn Vopelak, Pact

    Blake Erhardt-Ohren, Pathfinder

  • From Data Silos to Integrated Analytics

    Vista Room

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    In this session, we will describe challenges and solutions around gaining insights from multiple disconnected systems. We will demonstrate a real life problem of evaluating program management efficiencies that require the blending of program data in DHIS2 with day-to-day business management data. We will discuss our architecture approach and leave time for discussion and questions.

    Technical level: Intermediate

    Mike Bitok, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

    Applying Health System Interoperability Standards To Unlock Integrated Analytics for Evidence Based Decision Making

    Academy Hall

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    In this session we will share experiences and demonstrate the implementation of the national level interoperability architecture components including the Interoperability Layer, the Master Health Facility Registry, the Terminology Registry and present a case for exchange of data between one system with DHIS2.

    Bwighane Clive Mwalwanda and Dr. Malangizo Mbewe, Ministry of Health and Population - Malawi

    Fully Integrated DHIS2-based M&E Platform - A Complex Use Case in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Balcony E

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    Abt Associates will present on the program and its aim. Bluesquare will provide a more technical perspective on how the needs have been addressed through DHIS2 and other tools.  
    Technical level: Intermediate

    Grégoire Lurton, BlueSquare

    Christine Potts, Abt Associates

    R Markdown for DHIS2 Interactive Reports and Advanced Analytics

    Balcony D

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    A tutorial session on leveraging R Markdown, Knitr, and the DHIS2 API for reproducible analysis of tracker datasets, with minimal programming knowledge and upkeep. This workflow has been used to analyze data from eRegistries MCH production systems and share the results within global teams. The method would be useful for NGOs looking to create interactive, routine reports based on a local partner's DHIS2 instance, without needing direct access to the underlying data source.

    Technical level: Technical

    Brian O'Donnell, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

  • DHIS2 Data science <> science fiction

    Vista Room

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    Data Science can be defined as the technical disciplines that solve business problems through the extraction of knowledge from data. In an increasingly competitive environment, organizations always need ways to become more competitive. This presentation demonstrates how DHIS2 provides the platform for developing applications leveraged in the data science field to perform predictive analytics and refining the accuracy of predictions through machine learning, taking DHIS2 into the next era of software.

    Technical level: technical

    Jaco Venter, HISP SA

    Integrating NASA Earth Observations into DHIS2 for Analysis and Malaria Control Decision Support

    Academy Hall

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    Researchers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are working to improve malaria control decision making in sub-Saharan Africa by developing and deploying technology supporting the incorporation of NASA Earth observations for surface temperatures, precipitation, and vegetation health into DHIS2. 

    Technical level: not technical

    John Beck, University of Alabama in Huntsville

    John Painter, CDC

    DHIS2 for Education

    Balcony E

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    DHIS2 is being deployed in three countries and many projects for school monitoring and surveillance and for forming national education management information systems, in addition the University of Oslo is partnering with UNESCO on global education metadata standards. This session will cover the suitability of DHIS2 for education and highlight current use cases. 

    Technical level: not technical

    Knut Staring, WHO Collaborating Center at University of Oslo

    Scott Russpatrick and Prosper Behumbiize, University of Oslo

    DHIS2 and Electronic Logistics Management Information System Integration for Improved Patient Care in Lao PDR

    Balcony D

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    Patients in Lao PDR’s public health system face inconsistent access to essential commodities due to stock-out and expiry. These challenges are largely preventable when decision-makers can access timely, reliable, and appropriate logistics information. Though Lao PDR uses DHIS2 for integrated disease surveillance and management, vertical supply chain systems lead to incomplete data. In 2015, the Ministry of Health (MoH) implemented an electronic logistics management information system, mSupply, for all 187 central, provincial, and district warehouses. In 2019, the MoH integrated mSupply and DHIS2 to enable national disease program decision-makers to analyze critical logistics indicators within DHIS2 for improved patient outcomes.

    Technical level: not technical 

    Dr. Chansaly Phommavong, Lao PDR Ministry of Health

  • PEPFAR's Approach to Standardized Analytics Objects

    Academy Hall

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    Use of native DHIS2 features and outside expertise to deploy large numbers of analytic objects quickly and accurately, with reproducibility.

    Kristin Roha, OGAC

    Couper Turkewitz and Tim Harding, BAO Systems

  • DHIS2 for Supply Chain

    Academy Hall

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    DHIS2 is being deployed as last-mile logistics management in numerous countries, and the University of Oslo is developing a logistics roadmap and metadata packages. Come and find out how DHIS2 can address supply chain data capture and monitoring.

    Scott Russpatrick, University of Oslo

Friday, October 2nd

  • Kahoot

    Academy Hall

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    Let's see if you pay attention! Join the Kahoot quiz for a chance to win a fabulous prize. 

    Nicola Hobby, BAO Systems

  • DHIS2 - What's New & What's Coming?

    Academy Hall

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    The DHIS2 platform offers data warehousing, data visualization features, and the possibility for data users and policy makers to generate analyses from data in near real-time. In this session, you will learn about the newest DHIS2 features and apps, and what’s in store for the upcoming releases.

    Lars Helge Øverland and Marta Vila, University of Oslo 

  • Developing Global WHO Standards

    Academy Hall

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    An overview of the standardized WHO packages that have been created for aggregate and tracker data, with details on different programmatic areas including logistics and community health and current deployments.

    Mike Frost, University of Oslo

    Knut Staring, WHO Collaborating Center at UiO

  • Data eXchange Platform: Connecting Data Systems to Facilitate HMIS Integration and Triangulation

    Academy Hall

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    The Data eXchange Platform (DXP) is a novel approach to data exchange and integration with the aim of integrating robust data from external data systems into HMIS to facilitate triangulation, data use and data quality checks in a systematic and sustainable way. To do this, an intermediary platform has been developed in DHIS2, which calls data from global databases, reshapes them into an HMIS-compatible data standard that can be imported into national HMIS, and customized to meet a range of national/subnational use cases. Once fully developed, this pathway will also provide a mechanism through which countries could report routine data to increase representation in global database and potentially reduce the burden of routine global reporting. This session will present an overview of the DXP concept and approach, including practical use cases and applications, roadmap and current progress as well as plans for field testing and country implementation in 2020.

    Tyler Porth, Unicef

  • Tracker Implementation

    Academy Hall

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    The University of Oslo presents on best practices surrounding national tracker implementations including key considerations around security, hardware, training and other issues based on field experiences.

    Mike Frost, Marta Vila, and Prosper Behumbiize, University of Oslo

  • Panel Expanding Tracker to Improve Community Level Health Care Access: Haiti, South Africa, Nepal

    Academy Hall

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    Implementation of DHIS2 Tracker has led to demonstrated improvements in health outcomes. Through DAI’s Haiti Strategic Health Information System (HIS) project, the launch of the TB tracker in January 2018 has led to increases in the number of reported TB cases and identification of their contacts. FHI 360 Nepal’s implementation of Tracker combined with program monitoring dashboards led to an increase in project achievement by 156% during October 2018 – September 2019 in the comparison with previous year. The Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal is planning to replicate this as one HIV Information System in Nepal beginning in April 2020. HISP-SA will demonstrate how Tracker can assist with the complex data flow between households, facilities, and healthcare workers. Piloting of the app has shown a positive uptake by health workers as well as improvements in data quality, timely reporting, and health outcomes.

    Frantz Peter Charles, DAI Global Health

    Jean Patrick Alfred, Haiti Ministry of Health

    Pradeep Kumar Thakur, FHI360

    Vincent Shaw and Ntuthu Dhlamini, HISP SA

  • Systems Interoperability in Nigeria: Improving Health Systems Through Integration of Financial Data

    Academy Hall

    Peter Deji, JBRSOFT

    Binta Ismail, Ministry of Health - Nigeria

    The SUN PMT – Using DHIS2 to Advance Data-driven Nutrition Decision-making at Subnational Level

    Vista Room

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    During the presentation, the UNN mapping team will present the DHIS2 SUN PMT tool and how it has been used differently by countries, looking at its main value in terms of data-driven nutrition decision-making at subnational level. Country dashboards with coverage, presence and contribution of donors at different geographic levels will also be showcased. Furthermore, the preliminary results of the two new features planned to be piloted early 2020 (digital data collection and financial analysis module) will be presented.

    Technical level: Intermediate

    Farah Sbytte, UN Network-REACH

    Assessing the Impact of DHIS2 on Immunization Programming

    Balcony E

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    In this session, we will present some recent findings from an assessment of the use of DHIS2 for immunization programming in Africa along with a research design and approach for more rigorous assessment of prioritized immunization outcomes and impact.

    Technical level: Intermediate

    Patricia Mechael, HealthEnabled

    Increasing Access to Improved Sanitation Through Real-time DHIS2 Analytics and Mobile Reporting in Benin

    Balcony D

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    In a country where 50% of the population lives on less than $2 per day and only 13% live in households with improved non-shared toilet facilities, improving access to improved sanitation requires strategic selection of latrine points of sale and strong real-time monitoring of Oeld staff. PSI and implementing partner, Association Béninoise pour le Marketing Social et la Communication pour la Santé (ABMS), will discuss how they increased sales of sanitation products by 143% within 3 months and used the DHIS2 Maps and Android Capture apps to strategically select new points of sale, monitor sales performance, and strengthen data quality.

    Technical level: Intermediate

    Rodrigo Gramajo Rodriguez, Association Béninoise pour le Marketing Social et la Communication pour la Santé (ABMS) and PSI

  • Breakout Sessions

    3:00pm – 3:45pm

    Using DHIS2 to Strengthen Coordination Among Humanitarian Actors for a Rapid Response Mechanism in Mali

    Academy Hall

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    Description: In Mali, rapid response actors provide assistance to vulnerable households in food, shelter, WASH, health, and NFIs within 30 days of a crisis alert. When displacement occurs, focal points alert NGO actors who triangulate in collaboration with authorities and share the report with OCHA. NGOs with local partners then conduct rapid assessments to identify households’ priority needs and organize a response based on needs. Given the number of actors involved, information-sharing and communication is essential. Due to gaps in data on crisis alerts, humanitarian activities and lack of centralization of information, USAID/OFDA&FFP decided to fund a humanitarian information management platform.

    Technical level: not technical

    Maya Rao and Ognen Plavevski, CRS

    Large Scale, Quick Turnaround: Verifying & Using Data in DHIS2 With an Emphasis on Timeliness

    Vistaroom

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    Your team has thirty days to reach 500,000 households with a life-saving intervention – how can you ensure that your program is on track? We will explore examples from PMI VectorLink countries where data are used for real-time decision-making to guide Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) campaigns for malaria prevention. We will discuss how data are examined to understand implementation progress and coverage at a granular level for day-to-day operational decision-making using DHIS2. By integrating multiple data streams, we will demonstrate how we use built-in analytics to enhance data quality and investigate discrepancies in a timely manner to inform programmatic needs.

    Technical level: Intermediate

    Jillian Berkowitz and Lilly Siems, Abt. Associates

    Using DHIS2 to develop a One Health platform in Burkina Faso

    Balcony E

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    MEASURE Evaluation began its work in Burkina Faso in March 2018 under the global health security agenda. In the aftermath of Ebola and other highly pathogenic infectious diseases and zoonoses that have plagued West Africa, USAID’s priority was to strengthen the electronic health information system to include routine data on priority zoonoses that could affect humans, animals, and the environment. A result of this multisectoral coalition is the One Health electronic platform, which provides real-time data on unusual events and suspected cases to central-level directorates, laboratories, and the Center for Health Emergency Response Operations (CORUS). Use of the platform in the Center-South and Central Plateau regions, enables notification of suspected cases in real time.

    Technical level: Intermediate 

    Romain Tohouri, John Snow, Inc. (JSI)

    What it takes to use DHIS2 to Support Routine Decision-making and Improve Health Outcomes

    Lessons from the Ministries of Health of Mozambique

    Balcony D

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    Alda Mahumana  will be presenting the approach taken to strengthen the use of DHIS2 data to support decision-making and improve outcomes of KeyPerformance Indicators (KPIs) related to Family Planning. Supported by PSI/Mozambique, the MoH of Mozambique’s journey to strengthen data use has seen: (i) the use of PSI's Data-to-Action (D2A) approach to capacitate M&E and Program staff to identify KPIs and develop DHIS2 visualizations and dashboards to sustain their daily decision-making process, and (ii) identification of barriers to data use that are not necessarily related to DHIS2 (ie. capacity building, coordination with other regulatory bodies or working groups from the government, etc)and proposed approaches to overcome those.

    Technical level: Intermediate 

    Dr. Alda Mahumana, Mozambique Ministry of Health

  • 3:45pm – 4:15pm

    Vers la mise en place d'un Système d'Information Sanitaire National Unique (SISNU) en Haïti - Towards the Establishment of a Unique National Health Information System (SISNU) in Haiti 

    Academy Hall

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    Since September 2015 the Ministry of Health (MSPP) wants to equip Haiti with a unique information system whose vision revolves around a coordinated, articulated and integrated national information system having as guiding principles; Consistency, completeness, efficiency and usefulness while respecting the existing link between the architecture of the health information system and the organization and coordination of health services. This information system is based on 3 main pillars: 1) Service Statistics; 2) Epidemiological Surveillance; and 3) Resource Statistics.

    Dr. Jean Patrick Alfred, Unité d’Etudes et de Programmation du Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population - Haïti

  • 4:15pm – 5pm

    Panel DHIS2 to Analytics Platform: Abt Associates and BAO Systems Use Case

    Academy Hall

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    While DHIS2 is a robust platform, many organizations face the challenge of growing analysis needs beyond what is housed in their core DHIS2 systems. BAO Systems’ Analytics Platform addresses these needs by enabling: ingestion of multiple and varied datasets and data formats (including DHIS2); warehousing of integrated datasets; and data analysis and visualization in multiple BI tools. Our Analytics Platform provides the foundation for advancing analytics within PEPFAR as well as for our partners. Abt Associates recognizes that modern analytics and data science requires both a highly skilled, multi-faceted team and a robust platform.  Abt Associate’s people and tools support a wide range of data collection and integration, quantitative, qualitative, geospatial, and visualization needs and work using classic analytic and modern data science techniques.

    Katherine Lew and Lars Helge Overland, BAO Systems

    Jason Brinkley and Theo Gimenez, Abt Associates

DHIS2 Tracker Analytics Training

September 10 2020

Today, DHIS2 is the world's largest Health Information Management System platform, in use by ministries of health in 72 low and middle-income countries. 2.3 billion people live in countries where DHIS2 is used (30% of the world's population).

Over recent years, the tracker data model has become a major focus of DHIS2 development, as there has been an increase in interest in collecting and using patient-level data. Are you considering using DHIS2 for Event and Tracker Programs and want to know more about how to view data using the apps that support their data visualization? Do you already have data in your DHIS2 instance that is collected using Event or Tracker Programs and you want to have a better understanding of the robust visualization features for these programs?

If you answered yes, then you won’t want to miss this 1-day DHIS2 virtual training course. With a mix of presentations, demonstrations, and hands on exercises, you will gain a deeper understanding of the comprehensive and powerful capabilities of event and tracker analytics supported in DHIS2 and how you can apply these capabilities to your own DHIS2 instance.

In this virtual training course, you will learn how to use native DHIS2 apps to visualize event and tracker data using the Event Reports, Event Visualizer, Maps, and Data Visualizer applications. Along the way, you will be taught all of the options available for viewing the data to suit your specific needs. 

The BAO DHIS2 virtual training has been designed to accommodate participation from low- and middle-income countries by removing significant barriers that restrict participation at traditional events, such as travel and cost barriers. This course will be taught by highly experienced DHIS2 experts who will be able to answer any question you may have.

Prerequisite
Basic familiarity with DHIS2 is desirable but not essential

Target audience
This course is aimed at any user wanting to learn more about DHIS2 analytics for the individual event and tracker based model of DHIS2 to gain experience viewing data for programmatic decision making, reporting, and analysis. Target audience groups include, but are not limited to program managers, M&E staff, and donors.

Duration
1 day

Facilitators
Dr. Adebusoye Anifalaje
Chase Freeman
Tara Richards
Megan Kill

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to configure a DHIS2 instance? Do you want to get to the top of the latest and greatest DHIS2 functionalities and improve your ability to create meaningful data analytics?

If you answered yes, you won’t want to miss this 2-day DHIS2 training course organized by BAO Systems.

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