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Case Study: The Tanzania Health Facility Registry

Case Study: The Tanzania Health Facility Registry
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Author(s): Niamh Darcy (RTI International, Tanzania), Sriyanjit Perera (CTS Global Solutions, Tanzania), Grades Stanley (National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania), Susan Rumisha (National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania), Kelvin Assenga (RTI International, Tanzania), Faustin Polycarp (RTI International, Tanzania), Angelina Sijaona (Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Tanzania), Esther Msechu (Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Tanzania), Marcos Mzeru (Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Tanzania), Claud Kumalija (Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Tanzania), Michael Kambenga (University Computing Centre, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), Benjamin Mayala (National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania & University of Notre Dame, USA), Mturi Elias (University Computing Centre, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), Paul Biondich (Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University, USA), Zaharani Kalungwa (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tanzania), Japhal Mwamafupa (President's Office Regional and Local Government, Kibaha District Council, Tanzania), Nseya Kipilyango (RTI International, Tanzania) and Scott Teesdale (InSTEDD, USA)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 29
Source title: Health Information Systems and the Advancement of Medical Practice in Developing Countries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kgomotso H. Moahi (University of Botswana, Botswana), Kelvin Joseph Bwalya (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) and Peter Mazebe II Sebina (University of Botswana, Botswana)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2262-1.ch013

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Abstract

In 2009, the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) counted over 10 different health facility lists managed by donors, government ministries, agencies and implementing partners. These function-specific lists were not integrated or linked. The ministry's Health Sector Strategic Plan included the development of an authoritative source for all health facility information, called the Master Facility List (MFL). During development, the ministry adopted the term Health Facility Registry (HFR), an online tool providing public access to a database about all officially recognized health facilities (public and private). The MFL, which includes the health facility list at any specific point in time can be exported from the HFR. This chapter presents the Tanzanian case study describing the work and lessons learned in building the HFR—focusing on software development, introducing geographic positioning systems and harmonizing MFL data. MoHCDGEC launched the HFR public portal in September 2015.

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