Despite the fact that a lot of data is
generated regularly and through periodic surveys,
utilizing data for decision-making processes in the
Tanzanian health sector remains a significant problem.
One of the biggest issues with data use for decisionmaking in the delivery of health services is a lack of
analytical and interpretive skills.
Objective: to assess how data use and data systems
aspects are reflected in the health-related curricula given
in Tanzanian health training institutes, as well as the
degree to which they are.
Methods: The assessment was carried out between
December 2018 and March 2019. The primary
approaches for gathering data were participant
observation, casual phone and in-person interviews, and
document examination. Both qualitative and
quantitative methods of analysis were used to examine
Findings: Numerous elements related to data use and
data systems are already present in the examined
curriculum. However, it was noted that both data
analysis and use lacked certain skills. Additionally, there
wasn't enough emphasis in the existing curricula on
leveraging real-world data from healthcare facilities to
put theoretical lessons about data use into reality. The
study discovered that even though these systems are the
most widely used at various levels of health service
delivery, they receive very little attention in classroom
sessions. These systems include District Health
Information System (DHIS2), Facility Financing
Accounting and Reporting System (FFARS),
Government of Tanzania Hospital Management
Information System (GoT-HoMIS), Human Resource for
Health Information System (HRHIS), and electronic
Logistic Management Information System (eLMIS).
Conclusions: In Tanzania's health-related pre-service
training curriculum, there exist gaps regarding data
utilization and data systems. As a result, there is a skills
gap among healthcare professionals about their ability to
assess and understand data for decisions that are
supported by evidence. The study advises the
government to establish crucial data systems and data
use policies, which must be followed in the development
of both clinical and non-clinical curriculum, through the
ministry of health (MoH).
Data use skills, Data system skills, Health training curricular, Decision making, Capacity Building Consortium.