The most widely used health information management system in the world.

Past and Current Partners

DPG Alliance, Digital Square, DIAL

Active Countries
More than 100 countries
Thematic area(s)
Open Source, Digital Public Good
Organisation Name
HISP Centre, University of Oslo

The Problem

DHIS2 is focused on meeting the needs of public health systems and health workers in low- and middle-income countries to be able to collect and use data related to health programs. This includes both aggregated data for planning, monitoring, decision making and evaluation of programs, and individual-level data for patient follow-up and health worker support. DHIS2 software is designed and implemented in collaboration with their network of regional HISP groups, who work directly with in-country partners in Ministries of Health and other organizations to ensure that we understand their pain points and that we are providing a platform that meets their needs. We also have a transparent software development roadmap process, where all users can give input through the public DHIS2 Community of Practice forum.

The Solution

DHIS2 is a free and open-source platform for collecting, aggregating, visualizing, sharing and analyzing data. It is the most widely used health information management system in the world.

How it works?

  • Step 1: Working with Ministries of Health or other similar organizations to clearly define the structure, target outputs, and requirements for a specific program (such as immunization, maternal and child health, etc.), including data collection, indicators, and visualizations.
  • Step 2: DHIS2 configures a database that meets the local needs. If the country or organization is already using DHIS2 for other programs, this can be linked to their existing systems.
  • Step 3: Cascade training on the use of the system, as well as ongoing support to build the capacity of the national core team.
  • Step 4: Health workers collect information and enter it into DHIS2 using PC or mobile devices. Once entered, it is automatically synced with the national DHIS2 database.
  • Step 5: Managers review and validate the data, then use it for program monitoring and decision-making, such as coordinating outreach campaigns, managing medical stock, and planning health center staffing.
Digital X Solution DHIS2

Bridging the digital divide

DHIS2 is committed to bridging the digital divide by providing a solution that works in the most challenging environments, including a robust offline mode for areas where internet connectivity is limited. To support areas of lower literacy (including digital literacy), the DHIS2 user interface allows for customizable data entry options that include graphical/pictorial options where relevant.

Impact and highlights

The large-scale use of DHIS2 for health programs in more than 100 countries means there are too many examples to list. Here are a few highlights:

1. They've helped get more than 50 million people vaccinated against COVID-19 across 40+ countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America (for example, in Rwanda, where DHIS2 is used to streamline the vaccination workflow and provide digital vaccine certificates for millions of people), in addition to untold millions through routine immunization child immunization programs and campaigns against Polio, TB, Measles-Rubella, and more (such as in Bangladesh, where more than 25 million children were vaccinated in a mass MR campaign planned using DHIS2).

2. They've provided PEPFAR with a digital solution to manage HIV prevention and treatment programs in 50+ countries, improving program management and service delivery for both HIV and associated TB programs.

3. They've contributed to Malaria treatment and vector control programs in more than 30 countries, making it easier to predict and track Malaria outbreaks, manage distribution of supplies, and monitor health outcomes (such as in Lao PDR, where the national DHIS2-based Malaria system is integrated with mSupply, making it easier for health authorities to monitor supply levels and predict demand to facilitate actionable analysis and planing).

Plans for expansion

Currently expanding in Latin America (Ecuador, Brazil and other countries) as well as regional systems in partnership with PAHO), Central Asia (Uzbekistan, in partnership with WHO EURO and the national MoH), North Africa, the Pacific, the Mediterranean and Middle East region (Jordan, with WHO EMRO and the national MoH). DHIS2 is also continuing to expand in regions where they have an established, long-term presence: Africa (Equatorial Guinea and Comoros, in partnership with the national MoHs) and South & Southeast Asia. In addition, within countries where DHIS2 is already in use, they are working with partners such as the WHO and CDC to expand their use into additional health programme areas and other priority domains such as education (in partnership with GPE-KIX and Norad).