National Center for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) under the Global Fund support carried out Regional Data Review and Verification Workshop for HIV Program of Central Development Region on Dec 8-10, 2015 in Chitwan. The objectives of the review were to:
1) Discuss about the status HIV-related reporting to HMIS by the service sites in the district,
2) Verify component wise HIV data reported by the sites available in the districts/regions,
3) Discuss issues and challenges related to HIV-related recording and reporting by sites and
4) Identify improvement areas and support for strengthening site-specific reporting of HIV data.
There were a total of 37 participants (includes 16 District HIV focal points, 15 Statistical Officer/Assistants, 1 Public Health officer and 5 participants from partner organization i.e, FHI 360, AHF, Chahari Mahila Samuha and Sahavagi. All District Public Health Offices (D/PHO) except Dolakha and Sarlahi attended the workshop.
The opening session was chaired by Mr. Madhusudhan Koirala, Senior Public Health Administrator, DPHO, Chitwan and the Chief Guest was Mr. Tanka Prasad Chapagain, Senior Public Health Administrator, Central Regional Health Directorate, Hetauda. Mr. Bishnu Jaisi, HIV Focal Person, Central Regional Health Directorate welcomed participants of the workshop and Mr. Bir B. Rawal, SI Focal Person, NCASC shared objectives of the workshop. He also provided an overview of current status of national and regional progress on key HIV indicators for fiscal year 2071/72 and latest updates on the epidemic situation in 2014. Mr. Madhav Chaulagain, SI Specialist, NCASC-GF facilitated the technical sessions. Mr. Upendra Shrestha have provided his remarkable feedbacks and comments during district-wise presentations.
Mr. Tanka highlighted the importance of data and its use to deliver correct information to the audience. He has also appreciated the volume of information kept in the website of NCASC. He briefed the roles of districts to give proper direction to the program, plan and policy. Without support of district in perspective of feeding quality data, quality decision could not be made timely. The data variation and discrepancy presented by districts showed poor status of the quality of data, hence he made a request to district to verify the data and make it updated. Mr. Madhusudan, Sr. Public Health Administrator, DPHO, Chitwan also showed his concerns regarding the huge gap of data in the district.
Out of total participated district (17), 15 districts presented the data variation and status of data of the district in the standard template provided by NCASC. Mr. Bishnu Jaisi, Regional HIV FP summarized the presentation at the end of presentation and it was well facilitated. Besides, the district presentation, brief presentation was done about HMIS recording and reporting tool by Bir Rawal and highlighted key data variations and tasks to be completed by the district.
Mr. Tanka and Mr. Madhusudan, on the last day of the workshop, presented the summarized key home message of the workshop. He summarized and highlighted the key messages and recommendation of the workshop.
During the closing ceremony, Mr. Anup Adhikari, HIV Focal Person from Chitwan realized the poor status of data quality of the district. He showed his commitments to address the gap in the future. Similarly, from the side of statistic, Mr. Puskar Bijukshe gave his vote of thanks for organizing the event. He said that the workshop was helpful to identify the data gaps in the submitted reports and HMIS data base as well as to get the information on service sites where different HIV related service exists. Similar kind of workshop was requested to build coordination in the district for good data quality. He committed that there will be improved in data quality and practice of data verification in coming days.