Name mTRAC - Real-Time Stock Management of Medicine
Source Uganda Ministry of Health
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Description Real-time data to reduce malaria death through enhanced stock management and consumption of medicine. UNICEF and WHO supported the Uganda Ministry of Health in developing M-Trac, a health management information system which uses SMS surveys sent by health workers to alert public health officials to outbreaks of disease and to let them know how much medicine is on hand at health facilities so they can anticipate and resolve any shortages. As of March 2014, mTRAC has the following registered users: 1,203 district health officials, 18,690 health facility workers, and 7,381 village health team workers. Tapping into the mtrac database of registered health workers, the government is now able to target thousands of health facilities, with results captured and analysed within 48 hours at a total cost of less than US$150 per poll.
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Lead Institution Uganda Ministry of Health
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Partners UNICEF, WHO, UK Aid
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Type System
Potential for reuse High
Open source Yes
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Plug & Play No
Outputs compatible with indicators from Official Statistics Partly
Status Implemented
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Other Government Agencies
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  • Health
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  • Mobile Data Collection
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  • Real Time Data
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    Data Management
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    Case Study Description The Ministry of Health of Uganda completed the fourth and final regional mTrac Training of Trainers exercise, completing national scale-up of mTrac at District level in record time. During a three day workshop held in Mbale, District Health Team members (including Bio-statisticians and HMIS Officers) from Karamoja and Eastern Uganda were trained on the MoH's weekly disease surveillance form (HMIS 033B), how to submit this data via SMS, and how to review, analyze and use this data from their dashboards. The training session was concluded with information on the MoH's SMS Anonymous Hotline. The SMS Anonymous Hotline generated a lot of discussion, as this tool provides Districts for the first time with the ability to directly receive and respond to health service delivery issues raised by citizens.
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    Good practices displayed Yes
    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2014-04-12
    Status Published