The National Data Management Centre for Health, at EPHI, has hosted a workshop between November, 23 -26, 2021 on the customization of HDSS database system and data sharing platform. Given that the purpose of Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites is to generate longitudinal information on the health and population of a geographically defined population, there is a need to upgrade the existing system employed to execute the data management of the sites. In technical senses, the workshop has presented short term plan that are aimed at alleviating the existing problems open HDS system. Hence, it has been agreed that the customization of the system needs to take place the sooner possible.
Participants in the workshop were representatives of 10 different universities (owning HDSS sites). Moreover, software experts of the NDMC have also taken part in the workshop. Apparently, an action plan, with specific details, on how to customize the existing database system of HDSS has been prepared. Besides, major inputs for the software have been identified and incorporated into the plan. The workshop was coordinated by a staff member of NDMC and a technical assistant to HDSS sites – Mr. Yihune Lakew.