The Ethiopian health sector has made significant achievements in meeting a number of the Millennium Development Goals. To ensure its continued progress in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, the availability and flow of information and knowledge throughout the health sector, especially in a decentralization environment, is critical to enable evidence-based policy- and decision-making that saves lives.
As a result, the K4Health Project conducted a family planning and reproductive health information needs assessment in 2010-2011, which found that the Ministry of Health at all levels plays a critical role in information flow. However, it often received more information than it dispatches which creates a situation in which information is slow to diffuse. With these findings in hand, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) drafted a National Knowledge Management Strategy and invited K4Health in 2015 to take part in the stakeholder review of it.
In an effort to assist the FMOH in implementing its National Knowledge Management Strategy and Roadmap, K4Health provided technical assistance to an IT staff person at FMOH on how to develop a database with all FMOH-produced publications based on our experience developing and managing POPLINE over the years. In addition, we facilitated a highly participatory, 3-day KM training using KM approaches to not only raise awareness of the importance of KM among more FMOH staff but also provided practical skills and solutions on how to implement KM in their day-to-day work to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
These activities help support FMOH’s goal to achieve “Better knowledge, better decisions, better health”.