About Management and Development for Health (MDH)
MDH evolved from the former Harvard-PEPFAR program in Tanzania which was a collaboration of Harvard school of public Health(USA), Dar es Salaam City council and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).
This collaboration worked with the government to provide HIV care and treatment services starting from Dar es salaam region in 2004 and later expanding to other regions in Tanzania
(MDH) is an indigenous-Tanzanian non-Governmental
Organisation with principal place of business in Tanzania. MDH’s central office is located at Mikocheni B, along Mwai Kibaki road in Dar es Salaam.
MDH’s work is primarily in public health service and research in Tanzania and the world at large. MDH seeks to mobilize and engage a team of skilled, experienced and motivated Tanzanian professionals to work in collaboration with the government and with other local and international experts to address public health priorities through evidence based interventions.
A healthy and prosperous society
To support, promote and address public health priorities through evidence based and innovative interventions in collaboration with the government, other partners, stakeholders and communities
OUR CORE VALUES
Professionalism, Integrity, Collaboration and Accountability
MDH’s core business encompasses design, implementation and evaluation of programs and research in Communicable diseases, Chronic non-communicable diseases, Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, Nutrition, Health Information Systems, Health System Strengthening and others.
Stakeholders’ involvement is a very common term applied in implementing technology solutions including health information systems (HIS). It is recommended that stakeholders get involved at all stages, contribution to inputs, processes and outputs/results. Stakeholders play a role in various aspects including; assessing information systems, building consensus around the priority needs, contribute to both financial and technical support for implementation of agreed priorities, promoting and generating the use of information in improving health care (WHO – HMN, 2008).
From 2015 to 2020 the Management and Development for Health (MDH) implemented the Health Information System (HIS) Development and Systems Integration Support Project, with funding from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project aimed at strengthening the health information systems in order to support the use of patient information for providing quality HIV and other health services. Besides, the project aimed at improving retention, improving linkages along the continuum of care, improving the use of available resources and improving evidence-based decision made across all levels of health care in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar. In their capacity, MDH provided technical assistance in developing and strengthening various health information systems in both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar including; CTC2, CTC3, DHIS2-HIV module, Health Facility Registry (HFR), Afya care, mHealth, National Health Client Registry (NHCR) and Biometric.
Collaboration and consultation with stakeholders is recognized as one of key components of HIS in a number of strategic documents in both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar including: The Tanzania National eHealth Strategy (2013-2018), the Tanzania Digital Health Investment Road Map (2017-2023) and the Zanzibar HIS strategic Plan (2012-2020). (Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, 2013),(United Republic of Tanzania, 2017),(RGoZ, 2012). With the project support being above site, MDH required a clear coordination and collaborative at both national and sub-national levels to able to meet its objectives. This was in line with national policies as well as evidence from similar initiatives across the globe. Key categories of stakeholders for this particular project included the Government of Tanzania through the MoHCDGEC and PORALG, funders (PEPFAR), technology partners (software developers) and implementing partners
From the evaluation, it was evident how each stakeholder contributed to the success in building/strengthening health information systems such as:
• Both Governments, the RGoZ and the GoT through responsible departments, provided overall leadership and strategic direction
• MDH and its sub-contractors played a critical role in providing above site technical support in building and/or upgrading the systems to meet needs and requirements of the users and partners. • MDH led coordination efforts to bring all partners and stakeholders together under the leadership of the MoHCDGEC through National Aids Control Programme (NACP)
• PEPFAR IPs supported rollout of HIS to the facility level in their regions of support, including regular system updates
• The donor, PEPFAR, held regular performance review meetings with the Government’s ministry bodies
• The MoHCDGEC through NACP collaborated with MDH to coordinate regular stakeholders’ meetings such as system users acceptance testing, and system performance review and feedback
Management and Development for Health (MDH) Location and Contact Information
Plot #802, Mwai Kibaki Road, Mikocheni Dar es Salaam
+255 22 277 1656/1615
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