1.9 An intermediary solution for now

Although initially three phases were planned for the VL control program in Somalia, due to logistic constraints, the peripheral level is continuing with the Excel solution, and the central level is tasked with uploading the data to DHIS2. The deployment of the “VL patient form” or the “VL register” is planned for a later stage, after further analysis of the technical requirements at the peripheral level.

This intermediary solution represents a substantive improvement for the Somali VL control programme. Indeed, it will enable better data quality, centralization of all the data in a single database, safeguarding of the data, easy sharing with main partners, improved data usage and improved feedback to the peripheral level.