Lessons learned in the deployment of a HIV counseling and testing management information system on a new project


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Abstract

Objective:To share our experience on how we used simple but detailed processes and deployed a management information system on a new HIV counseling and testing (HCT) project in Nigeria.Design:The procedures used in this study were adopted for their strength in identifying areas of continuous improvement as the project was implemented.Methods:We used an iterative brainstorming technique among 30 participants (volunteer counselors and project management staff) as well as iterative quality audits to identify several limitations to the success of the project and to propose solutions. We then implemented the solutions and reevaluated for performance. Findings from the evaluations were then reintroduced into the brainstorming and planning sessions.Results:Several limitations were identified with the most prominent being the poor documentation of records at the site and the lack of a document transfer trail for audit purposes.Conclusion:Communication, cohesion and team focus are necessary to achieve success on any new project. Institutionalizing routine HIV behavioral surveillance using data collected at HCT will help in streamlining interventions that will be evidence-based.

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