Mozambique Health Information Network (MHIN)
Country of Operation
- Academy for Educational Development (AEDNot-for-profit
- Ministry of Science and Technology (Ministério de Ciência e Tecnologia, MCT)Government
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryThe project proposes the introduction of handheld computers at a district level in the Lebombo Strategic Development Initiative (LSDI) Malaria Program area in Mozambique.
The primary goal of Mozambique Health Information Network (MHIN), Centre Grant Number 103746-001, was to support the actions of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Mozambique in equipping various levels of the health system and frontline health care practitioners with reliable, fast, and cost-effective data collection and communication tools necessary to achieve the improved standards of national health care articulated by the country’s Health Sector Strategic Plan 2007-12.
Key program components
District health personnel will receive a short training course on the use of the handheld computers and customized data collection tools to be developed by SATELLIFE (SL) for both routine and survey data. These data collection tools will be designed so as to minimize end-user skill requirements and to maximize the speed of data capture. The handheld computers will be equipped to use cell phone connectivity to a modem in the LSDI office to increase data transmission speed and lead to a more streamlined, functional information management system that can react rapidly to indicated evidenced-based changes to implementation. The use of geographic positioning systems (GPS) with the handheld computers will allow mapping of malaria control activities, which, over the long term, will enhance better resource allocation. If successful, the use of handheld computers in Mozambique can be expanded nationally and also adapted to bring similar benefits to other components of the health service. This is a proposal to build the Mozambique Health Information Network (MHIN). The method proposed includes the use of low-cost handheld computers and to employ the existing cellular telephone system for the collection of health management information data and, in return, the dissemination of health and medical information through the network relevant to frontline health workers. It will be piloted in five districts in three provinces: Alto Molocue, in Zambezia province; Monapo and Moma in Nampula province, and Chiure and Quissanga in Cabo Delgalo province, with control sites in each province.
This program works in the following locations: Chockwe, Manjacaze, Morrumbene, Namacurra and Nicoadala districts