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"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

Elizabeth Hazel, Emmanuel Chimbalanga, Tiyese Chimuna, Humphreys Nsona, Angella Mtimuni, Ernest Kaludzu, Kate Gilroy and Tanya Guenther

Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) have been providing integrated community case management (iCCM) for sick children in Malawi since 2008. HSAs report monthly iCCM program data but, at the time of this study, little of it was being used for service improvement. Additionally, HSAs and facility health workers did not have the tools to compile and visualize the data they collected to make evidence-based program decisions.


From 2012 to 2013, the authors worked with district health staff and partners to develop and pilot a program to improve data interpretation and use at the health worker level. The objective of the data quality and use (DQU) package was to provide HSAs and health facility and district staff training and tools to analyze and interpret iCCM monitoring data, with the overall goal of improving data quality and empowering health workers to make timely data-based decisions to improve programs. In this article, the authors describe and evaluate implementation of the DQU package in 2 districts of Malawi.

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