One of the major health sector reform agenda focuses on the Health Information System (HIS) and the HMIS Human Resource Capacity Building as an essential ingredient to lead reforms. TU-CGHE support was given the challenging task of making a full assessment of the needs, and also to come up with a recommendation to strengthen/develop the HIS workforce in countries such as Ethiopia. The identified needs and gaps through such assessment have clearly pointed to the starting up and subsequent implementation of three pre-service professional trainings programs mainly through the collaboration of with local universities and Regional Health Science Training Centers and Technical Vocational Educational Training Centers (TVETs). These were two post-graduate training programs leading to MSc in Health Monitoring and Evaluation or in Biostatistics and Health Informatics, and the third, Health Information Technicians Training program at level IV diploma level. None of these training programs were available in the country and were the first of their kind in Ethiopia. The purpose of the two post-graduate programs were two-fold; the training of highly skilled professionals to lead and supervise the health information system and to manage data collection, analysis and reporting at the operational levels, with the goal of ensuring data quality, and use of data for informed decision-making both at the operational level and at the health decision level in the health care system of Ethiopia.
The Center has developed IT enabled training centers and training programs in conjunction with local universities and colleges.