Namibia to host HIS forum
22 Oct 2010
Windhoek - Namibia, through the Ministry of Health and Social Services will host the second regional leadership Health Information Systems (HIS) Forum in Windhoek, from 25 to 29 October.The key note speaker will be Andrew Mwenda, a well-known journalist from Ugandan, and head of a leading uncensored premier news magazine “The Independent” in Kampala.He will zero in on country ownership strategies for Health Information Systems. Participating countries will work together to develop country specific strategies to strengthen their national HIS and prepare a country-led action plan. The facilitated sessions will also help country delegates to reach a common vision and to articulate immediate next steps to implement their country-owned action plans. The forum is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), funded by PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), the World Bank, Health Metrics Network (HMN), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), DFID (the Development Fund for International Development) and Norad.More than 100 delegates from Ministries of Finance, Health, Science, Information and Communication Technology and Central Bureau of Statistics are expected to attend. A media release from the Ministry of Information and Communication in Namibia said: “Health care policy and services are only as good as the information systems supporting them. Without consistent accessibility, knowledge of what is available, credibility and reliability, and leadership support for a well managed and maintained health information system, the provision of quality health care services around the world will continue to suffer with potentially serious consequences for those in need of these services. Hence, health care can be vastly improved by strengthening the information systems that can support care.”The forum was held in Ethiopia last year.Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe will be represented by national HIS leader and top policy makers. The primary objective of the forum is to foster country ownership in meeting the challenges to national Health Information Systems.