Using Data to Improve Health Service Delivery in Malawi

The Kuunika Project: Data for Action is a consortium of organizations, including the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), that have been working together since 2016 to improve healthcare service delivery through the effective use of data. Consortium activities aim to improve data systems, data use, and data governance in five districts throughout Malawi. I-TECH’s main focus is building the capacity of healthcare workers (HCWs) to access, manage and use health data in high-burden HIV/AIDS facilities and communities.

I-TECH conducted an HCW training needs assessment with support from the Ministry of Health (MoH) in 2017. Using the assessment data, I-TECH collaborated with the MoH, district health teams, local university representatives, and subject matter experts to design and develop a training curriculum that was piloted in 2018.

In January 2019, I-TECH began rolling out the national training for HCWs that uses workshops and e-learning modules to deliver the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes that establish a culture of data use, a strong base of high-quality data and improve the availability of high-quality information to decision makers with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes.

In addition to the national training rollout, I-TECH will launch a mentorship program in May 2019. The mentorship program will bridge the gap between training and work site by building on the workshop sessions and elearning modules to help participants apply what they have learned in their work setting.