The Latin American and Caribbean Network for Health Information Systems (RELACSIS) was launched by MEASURE Evaluation and PAHO/WHO on April 27-28, 2010 in Lima, Peru, for Spanish-speaking professionals working to strengthen health information systems (HIS) in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Over 80 professionals representing 17 ministries of health and national statistics offices attended as well as international donors.
"The work which we have been involved in for the last four to five years has culminated in the creation of RELACSIS which is country-owned, country-led and will contribute to the sustainability of future activities in strengthening health information systems," said Beatriz Plaza, MEASURE Evaluation HIS Specialist.
Participants at the launch established the primary dimensions of the regional network, including its mission, objectives and guiding principles, and defined a work plan for RELACSIS. The work areas of the new regional network include the determination of regional gaps in HIS and a baseline for improvement, as well as the development of needed tools, strategies for advocacy and training of human resources.
An interim committee was established with representatives from Peru, Cuba, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Mexico to carry forward the work, with ongoing technical guidance provided by PAHO, MEASURE Evaluation, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNICEF, and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
RELACSIS will facilitate its knowledge exchange via a Web-based network where users can share and retrieve best practices for strengthening HIS. The network features:
- HIS news
- chat and instant messaging
- documentation library
- multimedia gallery
- links to sites of interest
To join RELACSIS, go to http://www.relacsis.org.