The Data Improvement Teams (DIT), a Government of Uganda MoH data quality improvement initiative held a four day regional training from 13 - 16 February 2019, for 36 DIT members from 7 districts of Gulu region: Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, Lamwo, Nwoya and Pader.
The team supervised the field deployment of all 36 trained participants to various health facility levels in all participating districts, completing 7/7 (100%) targeted district-level assessments and 203/206 (97%) health facility assessments and mentorship.
During field deployment of trained DITs, data quality assessments was conducted at district and health facility levels using standard stakeholder-agreed assessment tools, and on-the-job mentorship was conducted by DIT members in their respective districts using standard job-aids.
The DIT Strategy is being implemented in collaboration with EPI partners including CDC, WHO, UNICEF and Gavi. The strategy was developed by the MoH and Partners following a national Data Quality Self-Assessment (DQSA) that highlighted major gaps in the quality of EPI data at national and subnational levels. Implemented since November 2014, the strategy has an overall objective of strengthening the quality of immunization data at all levels of the health system in Uganda, for improved planning, monitoring and evaluation of the national EPI program to ultimately improve access and utilization of immunization services and reduce morbidity and mortality due to vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs).
Phase 1 of the DIT strategy was implemented from 2014-16, with periodic stakeholder review on progress of implementation, and all 116 districts and 90% of all immunizing health facilities in Uganda were assessed by DITs where EPI DQI mentorship was conducted.
Phase 2 of the strategy began in April 2017, and is on-going, scheduled to cover all 17 regions and 122 districts of the country. The recently concluded Gulu Region Immunization Data Quality Improvement Teams (DIT) regional training, deployment and national support supervision activities were scheduled DIT project activities that were agreed upon by the Ministry of Health (Immunization Programme and Division for Health Information) EPI partners including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WHO, GAVI, and UNICEF.