Humanitarian Health Action

Workshop on promoting and using the GHC developed tools and core health indicators, Nairobi 19-20 November 2009

The Promoting and using in humanitarian crisis the Global Health Cluster proposed core health indicators and related tools for data collection and analysis, participatory workshop was held in Nairobi on 19-20 November 2009. The objectives of the meeting was to discuss the tools which have been developed by the Global Health Cluster, namely, Initial Rapid Assessment tool (IRA), Health Resources Availability Mapping System (HeRAMS), Health events Analysis & Nutrition Data Surveillance (HANDS) and the core set of health indicators, develop strategies to introduce and scale up their extensive field use in current and future humanitarian crisis.

The Workshop helped to catalyze the finalization of the tools and had contributed to a joint willingness and dedication to adopt and use the tools. It had highlighted the complementarities and synergy of the tools. There is a beginning of buy-in to using the tools by partners, with clear indications of willingness to build partnerships on the tools.

It has been recognized that no-one has the resources to do all the work alone. It was noted that if tools are implemented, this would ensure implementation of the core health indicators, while, if tools are not implemented, it would be difficult/impossible to ensure countries reporting on indicators.

Recommendations included:

  • To tools and use of the indicators in the field needs to be actively promoted and supported.
  • There should be a review of core indicators after one year.
  • There should be a Health Cluster Information Manager at country level (designated by each country’s health cluster).
  • HCC should ensure that partners have access and use data coming from the tools.
  • Advocacy at global level and at country level needs to be harmonized.
  • Funding for implementing the tools needs to be available.
  • Training at the implementation level is needed.
  • The first case study of the implementation/roll-out of the four tools should take place in North Kivu, Goma DRC, early 2010.