The Government of Tanzania is committed to efforts to improve the quality of health data for evidence-based decision making and to strengthen capacity to track progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. While Tanzania has taken major steps and made significant progress towards improving availability, access, analysis and use of health data, it recognizes the need for more coordinated and collaborative efforts of all stakeholders to unleash the full potential of its health information system. This will reduce fragmentation and duplication of efforts, improve the efficiency of investments and build confidence in the national health data system.
To realize this ambition in Tanzania, the Government launched the Tanzania Health Data Collaborative in Dar es Salaam on the 11th September 2017. This is a collaboration of Government of Tanzania, represented by Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) and the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG); Health Sector Stakeholders; and Global Partners. Key HIS/M&E documents developed by the country include:
The Tanzania Ministry of Health placed a strategic request for collective action to rally all stakeholders behind a common M&E framework and the country’s prioritized action plan. Identified priorities are as follows:
Following the launch of the Tanzania HDC in September (see meeting report), MoH has consulted the M&E technical working group and Development Partners Group for Health to finalize the M&E priorities for collective action by partners and a monitoring framework. The mapping of investments in HIS/M&E is also ongoing. The communiqué, which outlines the M&E priorities and commitments to support them, is scheduled to be signed by all major stakeholders in early January.
The launch of the Tanzania HDC took place September 11-12 in Dar es Salaam, attended by 145 participants across the Ministry of Health (including M&E Unit, ICT Unit), the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), and partners including Kenya Ministry of Health, World Bank/GFF, CDC, USAID, BMGF, GIZ, Data for Health, DFID, DFADT Canada, DANIDA, Swiss Embassy, Irish Aid, WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDs, PATH, MSH and Jhpiego. The agenda focused on identifying country M&E priorities and aligning partners’ support behind these priorities.
Next steps include the following: 1) MOH will determine the optimal coordinating mechanism to take forward the agreed 6 national M&E priorities and 2) a mapping of partners’ current investments in HIS will be completed to support the development of the national Common Investment Framework.
The communiqué, which articulates the M&E priorities and commitments to support One Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Health Sector of the Government of Tanzania, is being reviewed by all stakeholders. See all related documents below.