The goal of this assessment was to evaluate the Routine Health Information System (RHIS) in Niger state. Objectives were to identify the strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities of the Health Management Information System (HMIS) unit in the state and its local government areas (LGAs) with a view to identifying risks that pose a threat to the implementation of the District Health Information System (DHIS) version two (v2) software in the state. Implementation of DHIS v2 is intended to improve the flow of data from the LGAs to the State Ministry of Health (SMOH) and subsequently the FMOH.
The study used a questionnaire-based assessment and key informant interviews of staff of the HMIS unit in the SMOH and the health department in each of five selected LGAs. Six management assessment questionnaires were administered: one to the HMIS/Monitoring and Evaluation officer at the state level and one to each of the five LGA officers. Also, key informant interviews were held with representatives from state and LGA HMIS offices. Interview responses were documented in written notes, typed into electronic data files, and analyzed logically.Download Now