22nd September, 2016 4PM - 5PM CAT

Webinar: Development of a Health Information Systems Strategic Plan – The Liberian Experience

The BID Learning Network (BLN) held a webinar entitled “Development of a Health Information Systems (HIS) Strategic Plan – The Liberian Experience”.

During this webinar, Liberia shares the lessons they have learned in the process of developing a strategic plan to develop the national health information system. The presenter describes the process leading to the development of the Liberian HIS strategic plan and give a synopsis of the plan. He further highlights the key lessons learned that need to be taken into consideration when one is developing a strategic plan of this nature. Consequently, this webinar should be of interest to both technical and non-technical personnel with an interest in planning for national health information systems.

If you missed our virtual event, you can now see the recorded webinar.

Presenter Information

Mr. Luke L. Bawo

Mr. Bawo has served as Coordinator for Health Information Systems (HIS), Research and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) at the National Ministry of Health in Liberia since 2011. His role in this capacity is to supervise three line directors while providing guidance in the development and operationalization of Research, M&E and HMIS systems. Prior to this he was the Capacity Development Specialist with the Rebuilding Basic Health Services (RBHS) Project, a USAID funded project, that aimed to build technical capacities at the central and county levels of the Ministry of Health. This was a build on to the BASICS/Partnership for Child Health Care Project in Liberia (2008) where, as Health Systems Strengthening Technical Officer he was involved in strengthening health systems by supporting the implementation of the Ministry of Health’s 10-Year National Health Policy and Plan. Mr. Bawo spearheaded the post-war reactivation of basic health care services in Bong County, Nimba County, and a portion of Montserrado County in Liberia in 2005.

During the West Africa Ebola outbreak, Mr. Bawo was the National Chairman for Ebola EPI-Surveillance in Liberia. In that role he was responsible for coordinating the development and management of multiple data sources, performing real time analysis and interpretation, and providing strategic guidance to the Ministry and partners to enable the control and management of the Ebola outbreak. He currently serves as Technical Lead for Data Management for the joint US/Liberia clinical research initiative, the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccine in Liberia (PREVAIL), funded by the US National Institute for Health (NIH).

Mr. Bawo additionally led the development of the National Health Information & ICT Strategic Plan (2016-2021).

Mr. Bawo has degrees in Chemistry, Pharmacy and Public Health (majoring in Epidemiology and Monitoring and Evaluation) and has authored a number of research articles.

Dr. Chilunga Puta

Chilunga Puta, Director of the BLN, is an infectious disease research and public health practitioner with in excess of 20 years of experience working in developing country health care settings. She has held diverse technical and administrative positions that have enabled her to acquire a wide range of skills and in-depth understanding of developing economy health care systems. Dr. Puta holds BSc joint honours in Biochemistry and Microbiology, a PhD in Biochemistry, an MPH with a major in Disease Surveillance, and is a Certified Quality Improvement Associate of the American Society for Quality.