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. Read more
The RoundTable sessions were cantered at exploring the variety and amount of data potentially available, issues related to data quality and security in the context of data that is open for public and development of potential use cases to make data more understandable to users. The RoundTable was followed by a survey to capture participant’s feedback where need for provision of prior substantive background on the discussion topics, prior sharing of use-case data set samples with participants and review of use-case methodology and questioning strategy were some of the important feedback that would inform future events. Overall, the dLab made a successful head-start on its path to raise awareness and achieve its core mission to contribute on the aspects of improving data sharing and use for better decisions making and investment in Tanzania and the national roadmap for SDGs. Read more.