Provided by Smart Paper Technology Solution
Children Fully Vaccinated
Children Followed-up with SMS
* fixed and outreach sites
In 2016, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in The Gambia signed a Memorandum of Understanding together with ActionAid International The Gambia and Shifo Foundation to establish a new form of Health Management Information System (HMIS) in The Gambia. The intervention is implementing a novel hybrid paper-digital solution that collects, shares, stores and distributes data for the Expanded Programme for Immunisation (EPI) using Smart Paper Technology. The data is digitised and stored in an electronic register from which HMIS reports are generated and shared at health facility, regional and national level.
The key stakeholders in the implementation project are Ministry of Health and Social Welfare The Gambia (MoHSW), ActionAid International The Gambia (AAITG), The Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), IKARE, Swedish Postcode Foundation (PKS), af Jochnick Foundation (af Jochnick) and Shifo Foundation (Shifo).
An external evaluation of data quality and operating costs of Smart Paper Technology (SPT) in The Gambia was conducted in 2018 when the solution was being used in 4 fixed and 14 outreach health service delivery points in Western Region 1 and Western Region 2. Based on the findings, the external evaluators recommended the scale-up of the solution in the two regions, which was subsequently agreed on by MoHSW, AAITG and Shifo. In July 2018, the scale-up of SPT was commenced in Western Regions 1 and 2 and the solution was scaled up in all health service delivery points.
A further independent evaluation on the scale-up of the solution took place in 2019, and focussed on the themes of: Data quality; Data use; Administrative time efficiency; Total cost of ownership and transition of work processes; Perceptions and experiences.
After successful evaluation results, MOHSW decided to scale-up SPT to other remaining regions, starting from Central River Region.
The Smart Paper Technology (SPT) Solution has been successfully integrated with DHIS2.
The following data use interventions have been integrated across the health care chain:
Based on the results of external evaluations, we are working with our partners to scale up the Smart Paper Technology solution.
2018 External evaluation of data quality, administrative time efficiency, operation costs, and users’ experiences and perceptions
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