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RTI International to Support Global USAID Program to Strengthen Health Information Systems

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — RTI International (RTI), an independent nonprofit research and international development institute, has been selected by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a partner for its global Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) Program led by JSI Research & Training Institute. CHISU will enhance the capacity of host country governments to produce high-quality health information and efficiently manage data for evidence-based decision making.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how critically important it is to ensure that national and local governments can access robust and reliable health data to make informed decisions that improve the health of their citizens,” noted Richard Reithinger, RTI’s vice president for global health. “CHISU is at the forefront of global efforts to strengthen health systems, and we are proud to support USAID and our partners in this work by contributing our expertise in strengthening local capacity for integrated infectious disease surveillance systems and developing innovative technology solutions that improve knowledge management.”

Strong health information systems are the backbone of resilient health systems, allowing for the effective collection, analysis and dissemination of data that can improve healthcare policies, services, and outcomes. CHISU will support the integration and harmonization of systems across health areas to improve capacity for decision-making at the national and sub-national levels and help build resilience against future pandemics like COVID-19. The five-year program will serve as one of the USAID Bureau for Global Health’s flagship data and information system projects, supporting countries around the world on their journey to self-reliance.

RTI is part of a consortium led by JSI Research & Training Institute, with partners including Vital Strategies, Jembi Health Systems, and Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health. RTI will contribute expertise in integrated health information systems, infectious disease surveillance, and knowledge management.

RTI has been strengthening health information systems and data use since 1995. We partner with bilateral and multilateral donors, local and international partners, and country governments across sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East to plan, implement and roll out digital health information systems, including harmonizing data collection tools, improving efficiency, and increasing data quality.

To learn more about RTI’s work in global health, visit: https://www.rti.org/globalhealth