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news9898In an effort to enhance the quality report driven from Health Management Information System (HMIS) in Ethiopia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the “Operational Research and Coaching of Analysts (ORCA) program” in Ethiopia through partnerships with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSTHM) and the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI).
LSTHM in collaboration with EPHI’s Health Systems and Reproductive Health Research Directorate will lead and perform the program. The work will be performed in groups of six to seven participants across Federal Ministry of Health, EPHI, and Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency (PFSA) directorates and focus priority health metrics that are relevant for the ministry and these institutions. The total number of 40 participants will be divided equally into two batches.

Aiming to establish the thematic groups and plan the activities of the groups as well as each member of the groups for the next 12 months, the first batch workshop was held from June 25 – 29, 2018 and the next batch will continue from July29 to August 3, 2018.

The overall goal of this program is to support and strengthen the capacity of the analysts at the Federal Ministry of Health to perform and report high-quality analyses of key health metrics that can inform decision-making. This would be achieved by offering training, mentoring, and coaching of the Federal ministry of Health analyst through a series of workshops and applied skills-building activities that follow the research process from problem formulation to reporting of results.

Operational Research and Coaching of Analysts (ORCA) is on job training with the duration of 24 months the first batch started ORCA workshop I with 21 participants On June 25-29/2018 and will continue the next workshop on July29- August 3. The second batch will start the ORCA workshop I on August 6-10, 2018.