An interview on dashboard design with DHIS2

District Health Information Software, or DHIS2, is one of the most important sources of health data in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Used by 72 different LMIC governments, DHIS2 is a web-based open-source platform that is used to collect, manage, and analyze routine and critical health data. It is the backbone for national health information systems in these countries and a vital resource for monitoring program and policy performance.

Series: Communicating Data for Health Impact

“We have an epidemic of dashboards…we have a dashboard of dashboards.”

In November 2018, I attended a meeting where a government health policy maker from West Africa shared this honest description of global health data visualization in his country. The audience — predominantly public health professionals — laughed.

His comment (and clever use of public health jargon) has stuck with me. I think it’s an accurate reflection of global health data visualization in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Dashboards and exploratory data tools dominate data visualization in global health and are frequently treated as go-to solutions to encourage evidence-based…

Tricia Aung

Researcher/Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

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