Lusaka, March 5,2015———————-The Ministry of Health has launched Zambia’s first National ART programme Outcome and Impact Evaluation(NAPOIE) data collection in the country.
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Davy Chikamata said his Ministry will lead a consortium of partners to measure the outcomes of the national Electronic Health Record (EHR) system SmartCare.
Dr. Chikamata said this in a speech read for him by Pediatric Art Coordinator Gloria Munthali in Lusaka today during the launch of NAPOIE.
Dr. Chikamata said the evaluation will be used to inform policy makers, donors, and the public on decisions for drug forecasting, funding for medications, and sustaining ART programs.
He said data collection of this evaluation is set to start in Lusaka district’s main paediatric hospital at the University Teaching Hospital Centre of Excellency.
Dr. Chikamata explained that five teams of trained data abstractors will travel to all 10 provinces around the country to collect information from 4,000 files in 80 facilities between March to June this year.
Meanwhile Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation Country Director Priscilla Banda said the impact of the programme has been significant and has been felt throughout the nation.
She said people on ART are able to live healthy and productive lives and have HIV negative children.