8 Tanzania: Integrated Health Information Architecture

8.1 About this use case

In this use case, we’ll be looking at the different stages of how multiple teams collaborated with the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), and the University of Oslo (UiO) to implement integrated Health Information Systems (HIS) in Tanzania Mainland. The key lessons learned were the importance of implementing a HIS gradually to provide a sustainable framework; streamlining resources and promoting collaboration; ensuring systems were flexible; promoting data ownership and data sharing; building capacity at all levels; involving major programs very early; and dedicating time and resources building up a community of stakeholders.