NCASC has conducted a Regional Data Review and Verification Workshop for HIV Program of Western Development Region in Pokhara on Sep 9 – 11, 2015.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
4) Identify improvement areas and support for strengthening site-specific reporting of HIV data.
There were a total of 27 participants (including 15 District HIV Focal Persons, 8 Statistical Officer/Assistant and 5 participants from partner organization i.e, UNICEF, Save the Children, FHI360, AIDS Healthcare Foundation(AHF) and Naulgo Ghumti. Districts participated in the workshop were from Arghakhanchi, Gulmi, Palpa, Kapilbastu, Rupandehi, Nawalparasi, Tanahu, Syangja, Lamjung, Gorkha, Kaski, Parbat, Baglung, Myagdi, and Mustang.
The opening and closing session was chaired by Dr. Taranath Poudel, Director, Western Regional Health Directorate, Pokhara. Mr. Bhim Bahadur Thapa, HIV Focal Person, Western Regional Health Directorate welcomed participants of the workshop, Mr Mim B. Singh, Program Coordinator, Western Region, Save the Children (Global Fund) shared objectives of the workshop . Mr. Bir B. Rawal, SI Focal Person, NCASC 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. Thalindra Pangeni, HEO, NCASC led the facilitation of technical sessions. Among other facilitators were Mr. Madhav Chaulagain, Strategic Information Specialist, NCASC; Dinesh Bista, M&E Coordinator, NCASC and Mr. Binod Paudel, Statistical Officer, HMIS Unit, Department of Health.
Regional Health Director Dr. Paudel highlighted the importance of correct data for correct information for a delivery of effective health services and reinforced the crucial role of HIV Focal Person and Statistical Officer/Assistant in generating quality information at district level which guides the program decision and implementation.
Dr. Dipendra Raman Singh, Director NCASC, on the second day of the workshop, addressed HIV Program-related concerns from the participants of various district including the questions from the parking lot of the workshop. He reiterated that HIV response program should be led by the district and NCASC is on the line of decentralizing activities more at district level. Mr. Rajesh Khanal, Program Manager, Global Fund, NCASC shared about upcoming activities under the Global Fund support to be carried out at district level. Mr. Birendra Pradhan, UNICEF shared on CB-PMTCT scale-up activities in Nepal.
On behalf of participants Mr Hari Panthi, HIV Focal Person of Arghikachi opined that it was necessary to provide training on the use of HMIS database/software for HIV Focal Persons so that it could improve the skills to review program data locally. Similarly, Mr Tuk Pokhrel, Statistical Assistant of Palpa appreciated the effort of NCASC for bringing HMIS staff and the focal persons together in the workshop and expressed his hope that it will help improve the quality of HIV data entry and analysis at the district. Likewise, on behalf NCASC, Mr Bir Bahadur Rawal expressed that the SI Unit of NCASC is committed to strengthen the role of districts through increased communication and various M&E capacity developing support to the district through the continuous support from the stakeholders such as Save the Children, AHF, FHI360 and other partners