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Health Information System

Enhances Maternal & Newborn Health – Reduce maternal & neonatal mortality

Benefits

  1. Accurate Real-time data collected
  2. Complete and accurate data collected
  3. Real data available online
  4. Efficient monitoring of level I activities
  5. Enhanced data quality in DHIS 2
  6. Prompt decisions and appropriate interventions based on timely information
  7. Can enhance interoperability of CBHIS with DHIS 2 and other peer systems
  8. Cost effectiveness

BioSIM Attendance Tracking in St. Paul Dagara primary School

The lack of communication between the school and the parents has been an issue in most public schools, where there is minimal interaction between the two. The schools document absenteeism in their registers but not much follow up is done or communicated to the parents of the absentee student. ST. Paul Dagara primary is a public school located in Laikipia West on the highway of Nyahururu –Rumuruti road. The school population is mainly from the displaced persons during the post -election in 2007-2008. The school operates from the funds provided by the government due to the low income of the community. The school head teacher acknowledged that previously the tracking of student attendance was not well managed and also the school lacked resources to follow up with the parents to explain the reason for the absentees.

BioSIM is a school management tracking system that uses the iris as a unique identifier, the students are registered and the data uploaded in the server to allow daily roll call in the classes. It enables the school to interact with the parents through attendance collection and later the system informs the parent if the student is absent from school. The system takes roll call of all the students in a class and allows the user to save the information on a server through uploading. The system was introduced in the 60 schools in 2015 as a pilot program to enable the tracking of student attendance and provide a database for the information collect to allow better management. In Dagara primary school, the implementation began in class 4, 5 and 6 before rolling it out to the other classes.

Class six Dagara Student BioSIM Attendance

Effect of BioSIM tracking in the school has allowed steady attendance of this class.

The school has documented the stability of attendance due to the implementation of the system. This has reduced truancy of students who earlier evaded school and could not be tracked. The school is able to keep track of students and inform parents who call after receiving messages concerning their children. The school has successfully rolled out the system to the whole school. The project had previously trained only 2 teachers, who have trained their colleagues who now assist them with the activity in the school.

Mary, a class 6 student in Dagara primary school fell ill in school and requested permission to go home. A roll call was taken in the school and registered her absent. The parent received the message from the school and decided to enquire on the whereabouts of the child. The parent reported having dropped the girl earlier in the morning as she went to work. The parent was informed on the girl’s illness and the departure from the school earlier in the day. The parent left work and went home to take the girl to the hospital. The system allowed the parent to be informed of the student situation for her to take action. This was seen as a successful communication to the parent from the school that was earlier not available.

EFFECTS OF BIOSIM ON ATTENDANCE

  • BioSIM has improved school tracking and management of resources from the data collected in the school roll call. This has helped to mitigate wastage and improve the distribution of resources available in the schools.
  • The school and the parents have a constant communication avenue to consult each other especially on the student’s attendance during school days.
  • Tracking of attendance using BioSIM has been cited by teachers as an accurate way of collecting data rather than the use of registers which are not marked on a daily basis.