A KRG-DHIS2 pilot project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, led by the University of Rome Tor Vergata in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and realized by I-PRO and EuResist Network was deployed across a set of pilot health centers and hospitals in the Kurdish governorates of Duhok, Erbil and Slemani.
With 60 registered users spread across 30 health centers, 700 Kurdish medical professionals can now follow a staggering 180,000 health events! Indeed, just 18 months into the pilot project, there are now 7 primary/family health centers, 9 hospitals, and 14 general health centers. There are currently 10 health centers in rural areas such as small towns or villages, and there are 20 health centers in major towns.
Since January 2017, 110,000 cases have been imported via periodic uploads from existing and running databases, and 70,000 cases have been recorded by DHIS2 users. This great progress is enabling health professionals to gather statistics for disease diagnoses, hospital discharges, and registrations of births, deaths and immunizations.
The project is also using the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (WHO ICD-10), which is the standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and research purposes. This classification defines the universe of diseases, disorders, injuries and other related health conditions, listed in a comprehensive, hierarchical way. The data can be:
Easily stored, retrieved and analysed for evidenced-based decision-making;
Used for sharing and comparing health information between hospitals, regions, settings and countries;
Making data comparisons in the same location across different time periods.