Countdown Holds a Side Session at the 9th African Population Conference

Routine health facility data are essential sources for real-time monitoring of the coverage of health services for national and local planning and programming. They are frequent, timely and available at local levels. However, they are under utilized due to data quality issues and challenges in determining appropriate denominators for coverage statistics.

On Tuesday, May 21, 2024, Countdown to 2030 held a side session at the 9th African Population Conference, Lilongwe, Malawi, on Using routine health facility data for reproductive, maternal, newborn and children health services coverage and mortality statistics in low- and middle-income countries.

The session convened representatives among the 25 country collaborations teams to present and discuss findings from the analysis of routine health facility data. It aimed to provide methodological and result driven insights to support a more effective use of routine health facility data to estimate population coverage of health services to drive planning and performance assessments.

It also focused on estimating denominators and reliable coverage measures from routine health facility data. The session also provided an opportunity to discuss data quality issues, health service provision, content/quality of care and mortality, and to showcase country data and use of data to support local planning and monitoring.

Below was the session program;

Chair: Dr. Abdoulaye Maïga, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHU), USA

Discussant: Dr. Martin Mutua, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya

Discussant: Dr. Arsene Sandie, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024. 15-16:45 (Lilongwe time)

Time Topic Presenter / Moderator
15:00 | 5mn Introductory presentation Dr. Abdoulaye Maïga (JHU, USA)
10mn Using health-facility data to assess subnational trends and inequalities in access and utilization of maternal and child health services in Uganda Ronald Wasswa (Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda)
10mn Estimation de la couverture des interventions en santé maternelle et infantile au Burkina Faso : Une exploration des données de routine des formations sanitaires. Dr. Bruno Yempabou Lankoande (Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population, Burkina Faso)
10mn Can effective coverage measurement be actionable for maternal, new-born and child health program, in Ethiopia? Seblewengel Lemma Abreham (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK & Ethiopia)
10mn Using Routine Health Facility data to inform innovative strategies for improving HPV vaccination among girls aged 10-14 in Kenya. A case of DHIS-2 data analysis Vincent Omondi (Clinton Health Access Initiative, Kenya)
10mn Assessment of availability and births in Emergency Maternal Obstetric and Newborn Care facilities and referral times to Caesarean section facilities in Zambia Mwiche Musukuma (University of Zambia, Zambia)
10mn Discussion presentations 1 & 2 Dr. Arsene Sandie (APHRC, Kenya)
10mn Discussion presentations 3 to 5 Dr. Martin Mutua (APHRC, Kenya)
25mn Questions & Answers All/Audience
5mn | 16:45 General comments and closing remarks Dr. Abdoulaye Maïga (JHU, USA)