How an Information System Can Fight HIV and Improve Patient Care in Nigeria
In 2019, when we began implementing the Data.FI project in Nigeria, each USAID- and PEPFAR-supported implementing partner maintained its own system for collecting and analyzing HIV data, but few of these systems were sharing data. Moreover, the country’s HIV information systems lacked a solid architecture for housing and using the data, which made it difficult for the government, funding agencies, and other stakeholders to have an accurate picture of the HIV epidemic.
In Nigeria, a systematic and collaborative community of practice approach involving informatics staff from seven USAID-funded partner organizations is creating an enhanced system that will capture comprehensive client records for HIV services at the facility level. An informatics bootcamp, hackathons, and openly shared programming code were tools for this collaboration. Read more in a blog by Dauda Sulaiman Dauda, country director, Data.FI/Nigeria.