Building Health Management Information Systems in Egypt: The Role of USAID Technical Support in Program Assistance, Technical Report No. 10
In Egypt there is increasingly strong political support for health sector reform including a widespread recognition that a working information system is necessary to undertake and monitor this reform. This paper assesses the role of USAID technical support to help build health management information systems in Egypt. The major objectives of the report are to: identify constraints to building the necessary information systems, identify and describe available resources, determine the most constructive role for the technical assistance element of the initiative, recommend a development strategy, and outline necessary resources. The study describes the history, characteristics, and status of project-based information system efforts carried out to date. It outlines guidelines that USAID program assistance should use for information systems development. Amongst others, the guidelines include: do not create a project-based information system, play a coordinating role, define and prioritize objectives, build organizational capacity, make available consolidated information at MOHP headquarters, produce information at the governorate level for local decision-making, strengthen human resources, do not introduce information technology faster than capacity is developed to use the technology, use the private sector for support, establish official standard coding systems, and develop a workplan with well defined stages and tasks.