SHOPS Plus Pilot on Private Sector Pharmacies Reporting into DHIS 2: Final Report
Globally, governments and multilateral organizations have invested significant resources into efforts to increase the quality and quantity of data available to monitor progress toward global health goals. In many countries, however, these data are incomplete, as a large portion of sources of care, particularly private pharmacies, are often not included in government health management information systems. In Kenya, private pharmacies have largely been left out of efforts to improve private sector data management and sharing to date, despite their importance as a frontline source of both family planning and child health products. SHOPS Plus designed and implemented an activity that facilitated routine family planning and child health data sharing between participating private pharmacies and the Kenyan government through DHIS 2. The activity sought to answer two major questions: (1) What are the barriers and motivations around private sector data sharing? (2) What tools, strategies, and approaches are needed to support effective and timely reporting by the private sector? This report provides a summary of the activity as well as looks at what lessons can be learned from the results.
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