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Author: Malawi Ministry of Health


Integrating self-care methods into the National Health Information System

This session of the Making Self-Injection Count workshop took an advocacy lens to highlight the importance of self-injection data. Representatives from the Government of Malawi—which has included self-injection in their HMIS since 2019—shared an overview of their self-injection program, highlighting the process for updating their HMIS including success and challenges. They also highlighted how self-injection data has been used at the national and district program levels. Participants had an opportunity to ask questions during the question and answer session.

Objectives

By the end of this session, participants were able to:

  • Describe the value of integrating self-care methods, including self-injection, into an HMIS.
  • Understand the challenges and success factors for HMIS integration.
  • Describe how data has been used in countries where this integration has already happened.

Key takeaways

  • Inclusion of SI indicators in the Malawi national health management information system (HMIS) involved a collaborative effort among the reproductive health directorate, the central M&E division, MoH district teams, and DMPA-SC task force partners.
  • In Malawi, key lessons learned were:
    • all relevant stakeholders should be involved from the beginning to minimize back-and-forth process flow.
    • high-quality data and services are dependent on routine mentorship, supervision, SI counseling, and process-review meetings.
  • Visibility on self-injection uptake in Malawi has improved efficiency of targeted support, implementation adjustments, and supply chain management. Being able to track DMPA-SC visits stratified by self-injection versus provider administration has helped with supply management and reduction of waste, and findings on reasons for discontinuation at the facility level have informed support needs and service delivery.

Presenters

  • Gracious Ali, Program Associate, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
  • Jessie Chirwa, Family Planning Program Officer, Malawi Ministry of Health Reproductive Health Directorate
  • Philemon Moses, CHAD Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
  • Regina Mponya, Family Planning Coordinator, Malawi Ministry of Health Reproductive Health Directorate

Institutional Author(s): PATH, JSI, Inc., Malawi Ministry of Health, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
Publication date: March, 2021