Introduction

Numerous data collection activities are carried out by organizations to collect health data in the country. However, these data collected are not integrated and synthesized at the national level. This has led to a lack of a holistic view of the HIS resources and data portfolios across the country. This emphasizes the need to strengthen the consolidation and coordination of health information system development and management, thereby ensuring strategic alignment of all partners and stakeholders, and improving the quality of and access to health data needed for informed decision making nationally.

In response to this need, the M&E Division of the Department of Health Planning, Research and Statistics (DPRS) has developed this web based inventory of all existing and ongoing health related data collection activities carried out in the country over the last ten years. The web inventory will also help create clear data flow channels between stakeholders in the health sector, avoid wastage of resources by enhancing coordination between stakeholders, and reduce duplication in data collection.

Objectives

The objectives of this web based inventory are;

  1. To provide the M&E division with an overview of all the HIS/data related activities in the country.
  2. To provide the M&E division and key decision makers with the ability to assess and detect information gaps after comprehensive analysis, and to support decision-making around filling those data gaps.
  3. To provide easy access to data and documentation in a format most convenient for stakeholders and the general public.
  4. To enable judicious use of existing resources – this mapping will support resource allocation and ensure that new programs and projects can focus on new areas, and build on existing findings to enhance decision making, and support new project goal/outcome definition.

Mandate

This project is in fulfillment of the National Health Act Section 35, subsection 2 which states that

“The Minister may, for the purpose of creating, maintaining or adapting databases within the national health information system desired in subsection (1) of this section, prescribe categories or kinds of data for submission and collection and the manner and format in which and by whom the data is to be compiled or collated and shall be submitted to the Federal Ministry of Health”.

Furthermore, The DPRS  is mandated to develop a national health data warehouse serving as central repository of integrated health data sources that is up-to-date and accessible to all, as contained in the National HIS policy which states the following:

  • All in-country health development partners and the private sector shall support the collection of data contained within the National Indicator Reference Document.
  • All non-routine health indicators collected by coordinating agencies shall be integrated into repository of the health information system.
  • A national health data warehouse serving as central repository of integrated health data sources that is up-to-date and accessible to all shall be domiciled and managed by the Department of Health Planning, Research and Statistics, FMoH.
  • All health and health related survey datasets and reports shall be warehoused with the FMoH within one year of completion of the survey

 (FMoH, NHIS Policy, pg 14)

Data sources

Information about datasets used to populate this website comes from organizations that have collected or are collecting the data. Information about older surveys was collected from the National Bureau of Statistics website. Information from the following data sources will be used to populate the website:

  • Surveys and mappings conducted by the Federal Ministry of Health and other organizations
  • Routine Health Information System (DHIS2) of the Federal Ministry of Health
  • Health information systems of other organizations

About Micro-data access

Micro-data (raw data) refers to the characteristics of a population such as individuals, households, facilities, schools or other establishments collected by a survey, census, or any other data collection activity.

Micro-data access is categorized into two groups, according to the sensitivity of their content, disclosure risks and permission provided by organizations.

  • Publicly accessible micro-data: The micro-data is accessible for download directly, and with a simple registration process. Users will be asked to complete a short form, and agree to the terms and conditions of data use before they are provided with the data.
  • Licensed micro-data: The micro-data is made available after a signed agreement between the Department of Health Planning, Research and Statistics of Federal Ministry of Health, and the external user. Users have to fill a form to demonstrate the need to access the micro-data for statistical or research purposes, and agree to comply to the terms and conditions of data use, before they are provided with the data.