Since 2005, Tulane University CGHE has provided technician assistance to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the HIV/AIDS prevention and Control Office (HAPCO) to establish and strengthen the National Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system in Ethiopia.
And as such the establishment of an effective national Health Management Information System (HMIS) which would give the sector the right sort of information to evaluate progress was launched with the objective to review and strengthen the existing HMIS processes at Federal, Regional, Woreda and health facility levels.
Since then, Tulane has been supporting several implementation activities including undertaking advocacy and sensitization nationally, developing HMIS implementation plans, and conducting site level readiness assessments. Additionally, the center has led the delivery of advanced supervisory level training, implementer's training including HMIS manuals and data collection tools. Once the training was completed supportive supervision and site level mentorship were also found to be very effective in identifying and resolving bottleneck at the implementation stage.
In order to upscale the implementation of HMIS at implementation levels, Tulane collaborated with the FMOH and RHBs in the provision of series of training. As of 2015, Tulane has so far trained more than 39,464 health and non-health professionals drawn from Health centers, hospitals, Woreda, Zonal health departments and regional health bureaus. Currently, all 179 hospitals, 2,916 Health centers, 697 Woreda health offices, 67 Zonal health departments from the 10 regions have fully implemented the paper based HMIS.