We have been collaborating with Tanzania’s forward-thinking health agencies, the private sector, and civil society groups for more than two decades on a broad range of health sector improvements. Activities have included initiatives to improve access to quality medicines through neighborhood pharmacy shops, developing and improving health information systems to improve the management and delivery of HIV and AIDS services, and fighting antimicrobial resistance.
National Digital Health Data in Tanzania
We are helping Tanzania transform its paper-based health information system into a digitized national solution that promises to revolutionize patient care, especially for HIV and AIDS. To effectively monitor patient care and results and to manage treatment programs, health workers need quality information—which Tanzania’s health data system is not yet able to deliver. We are working with central and district health ministries in Tanzania to develop and roll out a national patient registry that gives each patient a unique digital ID. The project is also developing electronic health records that link to the health ID and improving district health data programs. Once finished, the digital overhaul, supported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can be a model for other low- and middle-income countries that seek to improve their top-level health information systems.
We assist Tanzania’s public health institutions to strengthen systems and services across the HIV care spectrum, including digitizing patient data for evidence-based decision making and strengthening human resources for health and quality of services. Our work with the national TB program to adopt a national electronic quantification tool for TB medicines has provided more timely, accurate, and reliable data on stock supplies and patient enrollment. We also support global health security activities, such as optimizing the use of antimicrobials and strengthening infection prevention and control practices.