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Improving Health Outcomes by Enhancing the Content and Use of RMNCH Data in Nigeria’s National Health Management Information System

Publish Date: November 2018
Author: MCSP

One of the core objectives of MCSP was to strengthen health information systems to monitor and evaluate health outcomes and improve the use of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) routine service data to inform decisions at facility, district and state levels. This objective recognized that individuals, organizations and governments rely on data to make informed decisions that influence the health and well-being of people, and they must have the right data at the right time at the right level of the health system.

In Nigeria, not only was there a need to improve visualization and use of existing routine RMNCH service data for decision making, there was also a need to strengthen the RMNCH content of the national health management information system (HMIS) by adding new indicators. The 2013 version of the national HMIS lacked many key maternal and newborn health indicators that are useful for measuring RMNCH quality of care and health outcomes. MCSP therefore implemented a range of strategies to address these challenges.