The National Data Management Centre for Health (NDMC) held a meeting with CHAMPS and other stakeholders on the 24th of September, 2021. Given that the CHAMPS project is one of the projects NDMC collaborates with, it works to investigate the causes of deaths among children under the age of five. Ever since NDMC collaborates with CHAMPS, there have been on-going collaborative studies that aim to determine of the death of children in Harar, Ethiopia. The conference aimed to achieve two main objectives. First, it targets to disseminate evidence generated through the collaboration. Second and most importantly, it aspired to open discussion on how to make use of scientific evidences for better decision making in the health system. The major stakeholders of child health and collaborators of NDMC including MoH, RHBs, universities and partners have attended the conference; the venue will be at EPHI’s conference hall.
Three different scientific papers have been presented, and were made open for discussions. First, Dr. Loula Madrid from the CHAMPS project presented the basic tasks conducted by the project along with the major challenges. Second, Dr. Yabibal presented the roles of machine learning to clearly identify cases of the causes of neonatal deaths. Thirdly, Dr. Fentabil made a presentation on anti-microbial resistance in relation to reducing child mortality. All in all, the discussions on the scientific presentations have given insights on the ways forward to conduct collaborative works and reduce the death of children under the age of five.