Since COVID-19 first started spreading internationally in early 2020, DHIS2 has been adopted by a growing number of countries as a key tool in tracking suspected and confirmed cases of this disease. This includes countries that have expanded on their existing DHIS2 systems and expertise as well as others that have adopted DHIS2 for the first time to help control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes deployments of the standardized DHIS2 COVID-19 Surveillance digital data packages, as well as custom DHIS2 implementations. Click the links below to read some of their success stories and local innovations. You can find even more user stories and discussions about using DHIS2 for COVID-19 surveillance on our Community of Practice.
Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to deploy DHIS2 for COVID-19 surveillance, and their innovative approaches to port of entry screening and custom contact tracing web app have been shared and adapted for global deployment with support from UiO and the global DHIS2 community.
Rwanda used years of experience with DHIS2 to quickly and effectively implement the DHIS2 Android Capture App to make their process for COVID-19 sample collection, lab testing, and sharing of results entirely paperless from start to finish, and to launch mobile drive-through testing sites with data capture on tablets.
DHIS2 Tracker has been deployed at 60 Ports of Entry in Uganda to aid in screening and tracking of truck drivers bringing imports into the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their implementation includes using the DHIS2 Android Capture App to prepare QR-code-enabled traveller passes for tracking and follow-up.
Palestine leveraged local expertise and input from the global DHIS2 community to quickly develop and deploy their COVID-19 surveillance system that uses WHOs recommended case definitions and adaptations based on Ministry of Health requirements.