On 15th September, 2016 the dLab conducted a roundtable focused in exploring health and HIV/AIDS data availability, use and re-use in Tanzania. The event took place at the dLab premises situated at University of Dar es salaam, College of Information and Communication Technologies, drawing more than 15 participants from different institutions for an open discussion on different health and HIV/AIDS data challenges encountered amongst stakeholders. This was the third roundtable of the series of roundtables convened by the dLab. The main objective of the event was to bring together stakeholders from health sector to brainstorm on the data availability, data use and re-use to support the sectors’ operational effectiveness for improved service delivery in Tanzania.
The roundtable platform also provided an opportunity for the dLab to identify data and actionable information needs from the stakeholders to inform the dLab action plan for supporting the data revolution roadmap for the health sector. The dLab used the Health and HIV&AIDS roundtable event as an opportunity to clearly identify what activities it will undertake under the Health and HIV/AIDS agenda, which is one of its four prime focus areas including gender and economic growth. It is undeniable fact that health and wellbeing are critical to social economic development of any nation. Goal 3 in the global sustainable development goals (SDGs) seek to address the global health challenges in the next 15 years (2015-2030). Tanzania has already put in place its national five year development plan 2016/2017 – 2020/2021 within the context of alignment with the SDGs. Clearly, immense use of data is critical for proper monitoring of the SDGs/National plans targets and indicators. For a full report "Click here"