The workshop was held at the University of Dar es Salaam at the end of October 2017. It was preceded by preparatory work group sessions with the collaborators in Arusha and Dar es Salaam, in which the targets and the plans of the parties were consolidated to common plans.
The number of participants was high in the workshop. The Finnish specialists introduced themselves. Project manager Kristina Nokso-Koivisto presented the organization and practices of the project. Also the future activities, planned together with the partners in the preparatory sessions, were presented. The presentations of the project and the plans of each work group can be found behind these links:
Agenda and project presentation – Kristina Nokso-Koivisto
Developers and Supporters – Auvo Finne
Research – Pirkko Nykänen
eHealth Users – Anni Laitinen
Mr Marcos Mzeru from the Ministry of Health of Tanzania presented the Tanzanian eHealth strategy, policies, requirements, regulations and future plans to the audience. His presentation is available here.
At the end of the workshop Professor Nykänen presented the results of the preliminary evaluation study of user experiences with health information systems. The material can be found here.
The overall impression was that the workshop was successful. The discussion was lively and the presentations were inspiring. Some central topics came up in the discussion . One was the ownership of the information system and its deployment. The others were the priorities of the management, best practices for ensuring food quality, the need for a feedback system and the discussion between the management and the operative level and the systematic approach in the whole system project. Common understanding was that the development concerns all levels: the operative level, users, management, umbrella organizations and the government.