News: Uganda

New Publication about HRIS!
I am pleased to announce that a new resource about our HRIS work in Uganda is now available! The IntraHealth publication, From Kampala to the Districts: Linking Data, Saving Lives, examines how the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council and the Ministry of Health are using data to support the country's health workers and improve health care in the districts. Many voices from Uganda combine to tell the story, including the voices of two very...
Uganda Ministry of Health Launches National E-Health System
On July 16, the Uganda Ministry of Health’s Resource Center held an event to launch Vision 2012—a framework for developing and implementing a national health information system (NHIS). The event introduced several e-health systems encompassed by the NHIS, including the Ministry’s human resources information system (HRIS) and knowledge management portal, both supported by the Capacity Project. Uganda’s HRIS consists of a training, certification...
Evaluation in Uganda Shows Impact of HRIS Strengthening
In January, an evaluation was performed in Uganda to assess the Capacity Project’s HRIS strengthening work thus far. A team of evaluators conducted qualitative interviews with over 20 key informants involved in improving the country’s HRIS at the central and district level, including representatives from Capacity Project Uganda, the Health Workforce Advisory Board (HWAB), the four professional health councils, the Ministry of Health (MOH), and...
"I Can Now Speak Boldly": Using Quality Data for Health Workforce Planning in Uganda
The Capacity Project has published a new Voice on using data in Uganda. These data are collected and managed via several HRIS that the Project has installed in Uganda. Here is an excerpt: “When I started working at the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council in 2000,” recalls former registrar Rita Matte, “data management was a nightmare! Documents in the form of papers, registers, forms were everywhere.” Margaret Lutalo, the council’s senior nursing...
iHRIS 3.1 Successfully Installed in Uganda
The HRIS team in Uganda had a very successful two weeks upgrading iHRIS Qualify and Manage to the recently released version 3.1. iHRIS Qualify was upgraded at the four professional councils, and data entrants were trained in how to use the new features. iHRIS Manage 3.1 was installed for the central Ministry of Health. Data migration to version 3.1 was a success, with no notable data loss reported. Routine reports identified as necessary for...
Expansion of Capacity Project’s iHRIS Software Underway in Uganda
The Department of Human Resources Management at the Uganda MOH recently requested the Capacity Project’s assistance in implementing iHRIS Manage , the Project’s free Open Source software that tracks health workers throughout their employment. The MOH will use the software to monitor the number of health workers by cadre and district and to search for open positions. The MOH’s director of planning requested that the Project install iHRIS Manage...
Capacity Project’s HR Software Upgraded at Uganda Health Councils
In Uganda, the country’s four professional health councils recently upgraded to version 3.0 of the Capacity Project’s iHRIS Qualify software, which tracks training, certification and licensing of health workers. Version 1.0 was installed in the councils last year. The newest version integrates more easily with iHRIS Manage, the Capacity Project’s HR management software, and offers increased capabilities for searching, reporting and customization...
Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council Launches iHRIS Qualify System
The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council held a launch event in December for its fully functioning human resources information system (HRIS). Council staff and high-level officials viewed a demonstration of iHRIS Qualify —a training, certification and licensure tracking database created by the Capacity Project and piloted at the Council—and learned how to generate reports, such as a breakdown of nurses who have graduated but have not become...
Uganda Ministry of Health on iHRIS Plan
Dr. Eddie Mukooyo, representing the Uganda Ministry of Health, attended the Health Workforce Planning Workshop held in December 2007, where the objective was to plan the development of iHRIS Plan , the workforce planning component of the iHRIS suite . Following the workshop, we talked to Dr. Mukooyo about his impressions of the discussion and the workforce planning software. Here is what he had to say: “I believe we are moving in an area where...
From Data to Decisions: The Journey
Once data is available from an HRIS, how can it be used effectively to make decisions? Part of our HRIS Strengthening process is to help managers and policy makers in the countries we work develop necessary skills and techniques for data-driven decision making (DDDM). To achieve this, the Capacity Project is planning a series of DDDM workshops. This past summer, HRIS leaders teamed up with Ummuro Adano, Senior HR Systems Advisor for the Capacity...