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Launch of the Paper Health Information System in Child Care (PHISICC) Program in Côte d'Ivoire

In an increasingly digitized society, the notion of collecting information on paper seems obsolete. However, it remains topical because it is the most used. The Paper Health Information System In Child Care (PHISICC) project was initiated in three African countries, in particular in Côte d'Ivoire, in the framework of the upgrading of paper information collections in the field of health, Nigeria and Mozambique.

On June 23, 2016, the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) hosted the workshop to launch the project, which aimed to present the project and its ambitions to the Ivorian stakeholders. This event brought together experts in the health fields, in particular representatives of health structures, health services and international organizations based in Côte d'Ivoire, in charge of health statistics. The workshop was therefore divided into two phases, namely plenaries and group work. The Managing Director of CSRS, who introduced the ceremony, highlighted two major problems of the paper collection system, namely the traceability of the information collected and the ethical issues related to their reliability.

Then, Prof. Xavier Bosch-Kapblanch from Swiss TPH and Principal Investigator of the project, justified the importance of the Health Information System (HIS) by the existence of remote areas which do not allow access to sophisticated systems despite the Digital development in some regions. He declined the specific objectives of the project, which are based on understanding the functioning of paper-based health information systems in Côte d'Ivoire, the creation of innovative interventions for the improvement of systems and the impact of Interventions on data quality, their use and health of the most vulnerable.

In the long term, this project aims to analyze the Health Information System in order to propose elements of improvement for the obtaining of reliable information for a good decision. To carry out this reflection, the project draws on the expertise of Gravity Tank, a structure specializing in innovation and conceptual reflection for the modeling of various paper collection tools. As part of this project, one of its objectives is to put users (health center, health workers, etc.) at the heart of the process.

Finally, the workshop ended with group work between the different actors present. The remaining steps remain visits to health centers to conduct the same exercise at the periphery of the health system. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in Cote d'Ivoire this project is co-managed by the Swiss TPH, the CSRS and the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene of Côte d'Ivoire.

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