For the DRC officials, the week of meetings was also a chance for them to meet with experts, ask questions and discuss the roll out for the next version of DHIS 2 in 2017.
“I am very satisfied with the collaboration between the government in DRC, the Ministry of Health and IMA,” said Dr. Mukengeshayi Kupa, the Secretary General of Health in DRC. “I am also very impressed by the work done by BAO. It is very important because we need to improve the health information national system in DRC, and DHIS 2 is a very very useful software.”
In fact, according to Kupa, he believes that the country’s health system and the people of DRC will benefit from the system as it expands and improves.
“It is clear now that we have two priorities moving forward. The first is to do everything necessary to improve our use of DHIS 2 and the second is to see how to integrate other programs into DHIS 2. We will host a workshop in DRC to see how to move forward with these priorities.”
Dr. Salomon Salumu, the head of the National Health Information System Division, echoed the sentiments of the Secretary General.
“This week of meetings is important because there are a lot of conversations happening in the country about our collaboration and people want to learn more,” Salumu said. “So it is important that we are here with all the experts to discuss the roll out of the second version of DHIS 2 and its integration.”