This month marks the launch of SIS-Info, a DevInfo database developed by the Ministry of Public Health in Cameroon that provides an up-to-date snapshot of health services on the national and sub-national levels of the Central African country. The database currently includes 152 indicators on 5 area levels for 9 time periods. It is available in 2 languages and contains information from 8 official data sources.
One can see that while the “Nord” (North) region is one of the most densely populated in the country, it boasts a much smaller number of doctors than its less or equally populated neighboring regions.
According to Guy Ekani, Assistant Chief of Unit Health Information for the Ministry of Public Health in Cameroon, “our team's favorite functionality in DevInfo is the ability to create and share thematic maps. Those allow us to produce geo-statistical analyses: an efficient way to view trends by areas or administrative units. Mr. Ekani said that the Ministry's short-term goals include update the metadata, translate the database in both official languages, equip the unit and the health districts in necessary computer and telecommunication equipment and acquire the necessary means of transportation (vehicles, motorcycles...) to further collect regional and district data. In the long term,” he says, “we will print and spread the sanitary data from SIS-Info to all relevant actors, as well make mapping available for missing health districts, and Implement a VPN interconnection (Virtual Private Network with regions and districts for transmission and data collection.”
The database, which will be made public shortly, will make it easier for health officials to better target interventions and to allocate funds to the necessary regions/districts. This will help ensure progress in a country with a growing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and expanding life expectancy.
For more information, please contact Guy Ekani, Assistant Chief of Unit, Cameroon Ministry of Public Health, at firstname.lastname@example.org.