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Re: [Dhis2-devs] Data Collection App or Tool


Hi Gerald.

You're raising a complex issue, and one that is not immediately solved by technology I think. So the main issue is that the 10 or so paper forms in Sierra Leone are not always coming in from the facilities to the districts, with the additional issue that district staff find it hard to reach back to the facility staff if they have any questions? Using mobile solutions might be helpful for both these issues, but will raise other issues of infrastructure, support and costs etc.

You can find info about DHIS2 mobile solutions here:

I also have a few comments:

1) If all facility reporting is affected by these problems, it would probably be too much to report by SMS anyway. There are hundreds of data elements. Mobile browser based data entry might be better 2) If you have logistical problems of supplying facilities with paper forms, you might have problems relying on a working distribution of phones also, which needs network coverage, charging, support, credits, etc.

Maybe someone on the list have experiences with mobile data collection they can share? I know such data collection once featured in the long-term plan for Sierra Leone.


On 15.09.2015 17:22, gerald thomas wrote:
Dear All,
In Sierra Leone, every district (13) has a DHMT who received
aggregated data report from the facilities (PHUs). During my
assessment i found a very big gap between data collection and data
entry which i am sure is affecting the quality of data in Sierra

Firstly, Stock out of Data Entry Forms (paper based forms).

Secondly, Data Entry Clerks can't question information from the Data
Collectors neither will the HMIS Staff question the Data Entry Clerks;
because they are only entering what is on the paper base records they
received from their various PHUs.

In light of this, how can we closed this gap using an application
running on a very basic protocol (SMS or syncing).

Copy in this mail is someone who is willing to help us with partners
who might fund such a project.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

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