Posted Wed Sep 03, 2014 by Joel Ramkhelawan
If you’re not convinced that open source is right for global health and development then talk with Herman Fung. Herman, a VSO volunteer who spent nearly two years in Malawi working at the Ministry of Health on a health systems strengthening project funded by Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) is a strong proponent of iHRIS and open source software. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Herman and five other volunteers implemented iHRIS Manage because it was free and open source. Herman was an active community member, taking advantage of the community’s collaboration tools to implement the software at a fraction of the cost proprietary systems require. We are particularly proud of the team in Malawi. Herman and his team demonstrate that it does not require direct financial or project management support by CapacityPlus to implement and use iHRIS for managing a country’s health workforce. The iHRIS Community and it’s free online resources are sufficient support to implement and maintain the software.
Herman describes the scope and success of iHRIS in Malawi in his blog post A to Z: I is for iHRIS. This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the power of open source and the cascading impact it can have in global health. Thank you Herman and the iHRIS MoH Malawi team!
Below is just one example of iHRIS in Malawi empowers its users to turn data into information.