At the request of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) mission in Bangladesh, the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceutical and Services (SIAPS) Program, funded by USAID, was asked to assist the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and other local partners to address the health information needs across the Family Planning and Health Systems directorates within the MOHFW. The SIAPS team of consultants was asked to assess existing health information systems (HIS) tools, their scope, and performance to explore opportunities to integrate/link the tools and improve efficiency and reduce wastage of resources.
The evaluation was performed to review maturity of systems’ deployment and use, performed a systems mapping to help MOHFW and the Government of Bangladesh to streamline the development and management of HIS. This is primarily to facilitate the use of data and information for the MOHFW to effectively manage the health programs, medicines, and services for patients. In a discussion with the stakeholders—Directorate General Family Planning, Directorate General Health Services, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, UNICEF, and CARE, a prioritized set of 20 systems were mapped and evaluated.