Translating Data into Health Recommendations: MEASURE Evaluation Project Mentors 14 Zambian Health Professionals

Feb 24, 2017

Health data are essential to understanding what is working in a health system and what is not. Data alone, however, are just numbers, unless transformed into compelling information products that communicate and lead to action to improve health care.

For the past year MEASURE Evaluation--a $180 million program housed in the Carolina Population Center at UNC and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)--has provided technical assistance to 14 health professionals from Zambia's Ministry of Health, the National AIDS Council, the Ministry of Community Development, and the University of Zambia. They spent three weeks last fall in Chapel Hill working on data products, such as posters, data dashboards, and trend lines, and then flew home, certificates of achievement in their baggage and a vetted health communication product on their laptops.

Take, for instance, Boyd Kaliki, a provincial monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officer with the health ministry in Lusaka - Zambia's capital. He supports programs to prevent HIV transmission and uses the country's data software to generate visuals that illustrate what health data are saying. For this training, he focused on merging data sets to discover why only 37 percent of HIV-positive women of childbearing age are using modern contraceptives.

Read the full story here. The story was written by Kathy Doherty, Senior Research Writer at the MEASURE Evaluation project. The story was posted by UNC's Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases.

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