A Primer on Parsimonious Global Health Information Systems for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

This primer provides a comprehensive but non-technical overview of the distinct health information systems (HIS) that all together support health care delivery in low-resource settings. It opens with a historical account and landscape assessment and describes the urgent need to build a lean rigorous HIS that integrates these different components. Subsequent sections describe the individual systems that: i) track individual patient and health care provider information; ii) directly document care delivery; iii) provide public and population health data; iv) support facilities’ and community health workers’ administrative and financial functions; and v) coordinate logistics and health commodities supply chains. A separate section describes imported data, including “master data” and manufactured (e.g., “meta”) data. The primer closes with recommendations for principled HIS stewardship.

Not For Sale fights modern-day slavery worldwide by using business creation, supply chain evaluation, and aftercare aid. The organization creates enterprise opportunities for vulnerable communities, offers social services to survivors and those at-risk to human trafficking, and evaluates the use of forced labor in mainstream supply chains. Student intern Jessica Hill researched causes of child trafficking in Northern Thailand and conducted a landscape assessment for Not For Sale.

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