Optimizing eCHIS Implementation in Ethiopia: Major Determinants and Recommended Strategies

December, 2021

Implementing an electronic community health information system (eCHIS) is a high-priority initiative of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (MoH) that demonstrates its commitment to use technology and data to improve community-level provision of health promotion and preventive, basic, and curative health services. Despite the priority given to eCHIS, after two years of implementation, health extension workers (HEWs) have yet to benefit from the system, household profiling is incomplete, and service provision through eCHIS is limited. Moreover, there is a lack of consistency in implementation approaches across the regions.

This brief presents findings and policy insights from an embedded implementation research conducted by a team of experts from MoH and the Ethiopia Data Use Partnership (DUP) in 2021. The brief aims to inform MoH decision makers in their policymaking.

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