The immunization data quality improvement teams (DIT) conducted a field deployment exercise in the Jinja (II) region districts of Kamuli, Namutumba, Luuka, Mayuge and Namayingo. This followed the completion of a regional-level training of data quality improvement team members including The Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) focal persons, Biostatisticians and Surveillance Focal Persons and EPI Data Managers from health sub-district and facility level.
The regional training was held from the 22 to the 25 November 2017 at Nile Village Hotel, Jinja town.
The objectives of the field deployment activity included:
- To conduct immunization data quality assessments at district and health facility level in participating districts
- To identify best practices in management of immunization data, gaps, and to make recommendations for improvement of identified gaps
- To conduct on-job mentorship of health workers to transfer knowledge and skills in good immunization data management practices
- To conduct a post-deployment debrief meeting with the district health team, led by the district health officer (DHO) where findings from the field deployment would be shared and agree on action points to improve immunization data quality in each district of deployment.
The Data Improvement Teams (DIT) strategy was founded in 2014 under overall stewardship of the Uganda Ministry of Health Expanded Program for Immunization (UNEPI), the Division for Health Information, and by partners including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through AFENET, World Health Organization (WHO)-Uganda, GAVI and UNICEF.
The overall aim of DIT is to improve data collection and management, data analysis and use for public health action where it is needed most – in health facilities and districts. The DIT project aims to: Rapidly assess immunization data quality and use at health facilities and districts, Provide immediate on-the-job mentorship to district and health facility staff on recording, reporting, and analysis of immunization data tailored specifically to rapid assessment findings and Improve skills of district and health facility staff to use immunization data for action to improve immunization programs