187352 Using HIS/GIS tools and information to improve resource allocation and reduce corruption: The Yemen Experience

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 3:06 PM

Nicole Barcikowski, MA, CCLS , International Health Division, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD
Abdulkader Nueman , Yemen Partners for Health Reform/HS2020 Project, Abt Associates, Sana'a, Yemen
Abdrabou Maftah, Dr , Governorate Health Office, Marib Governorate, Marib City, Yemen
Fuad Sabri, Dr , Yemen Partners for Health Reform/HS2020 Project, Abt Associates, Sana'a, Yemen
In a country where no accurate, reliable health information is available, decisions cannot be based on evidence. When good information does become available, decision-makers can choose to learn to use this evidence to improve their decision-making. Over the last four years, USAID-funded Yemen Partners for Health Reform (YPHR) project developed HIS/GIS information and tools and worked with Yemenis to utilize these products in decision-making at all levels.

YPHR developed a health database by integrating health facility survey and Yemen Census results with topographical data. The data is available on the Ministry of Health's (MOH) website, and YPHR works with MOH to update and expand the tools and database.

YPHR has worked with national, governorate and community level groups and individuals to introduce and promote use of the database and tools for decision-making through training, workshops, dissemination of written materials and maps, Yemen Government and donor coordination, and word of mouth.

Project efforts have led to improved allocation of resources and a reduction of corruption at all levels national, governorate, and local. Some general examples include:

Increased financing at the national level for underserved areas

Distribution of donated health products by targeted population instead of by influential individual

Local planning decisions supported at governorate and national levels.

Using accurate, timely information and easy-to-use tools, closely coordinating with the government and donors, and targeting decision-makers at all levels improves transparency and can lead to improved resource allocation and a reduction in corruption in developing countries.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the process of using HIS/GIS information to improve resource allocation in a least-developed country; 2. Explain five methods for creating demand for information for decision-making in a country where evidence-based decision-making is rare.

Keywords: Decision-Making, Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: MA, CCLS, Director of Country Programs, Abt Associates, HS2020, Internation Health Division
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.