The European Union funded project "Technical Assistance to Support the Strengthening of the Health Information System in Tajikistan" presented progress of project activities at a fourth Steering Committee meeting held at the end of October 2014. The EUR 3.4 million EU-funded project focuses on the roll-out of a country-wide electronic health management information reporting system to support the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population and Ministry of Justice, Civil Registration Office.
The developed DHIS2 software has been fully adapted for data entry, data analysis and reporting, and is ready for countrywide utilisation starting in January 2015. Necessary equipment was distributed and installed in health care facilities and civil registration offices in all 65 districts and cities of the Republic of Tajikistan. Currently, 60 districts and cities are connected to the central server and the online data entry process started in all connected points during a pilot stage. Around 800 specialists from the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population and Ministry of Justice have been trained in DHIS2 and statistics and two international study tours were organized for the representatives of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population, Ministry of Justice and Agency of Statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Eight forms for the registration of acts of civil state, including online and offline versions, and two statistical forms for collecting demographic data for the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population and Agency of Statistics were developed for the Civil Registration Office under DHIS2. The developed forms are currently being piloted online in seven Civil Registration Offices of Dushanbe, Shahrinav, Rudachi and Gissar districts and offline in four Jamoats of Gissar district.
The HMIS project is being implemented by EPOS Health Management (Germany) in consortium with ICON-Institute Public Sector (Germany), Oslo University (Norway) and IrfatC (Tajikistan) and will continue until May 2016.
Pictured above from left are: Project Team Leader Elena Maximenco; Task Manager of the EU Delegation; Vice Minister of Health and Social Protection to the Population; Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Tajikistan; Vice Minister of Justice; Advisor of the Minister of Health and Social Protection to the Population.