Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) organized a Launching Program of DGFP eMIS in Cumilla on 7 September 2019 at BGB Auditorium, Kotbari, Cumilla.
Under the eMIS, or electronic Management Information System, mobile apps have been developed by the implementing partners (IP) of the USAID for use at community level and in facilities (called community and facility apps respectively) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. These are used by field workers of the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) and the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The eMIS started with piloting in 2 districts in 2015 namely, Tangail and Habiganj. The MEASURE Evaluation/icddr,b was responsible for piloting in Tangail and MaMoni HSS for Habiganj. On the basis of positive outcome of the pilot, eMIS continued to roll out in more districts and reached 25 in May 2019 mostly under the DGFP. Of them, MEASURE Evaluation/icddr,b managed implementation in 15 districts, MaMoni MNCSP in 10. Since June 2019, the DGFP has taken the lead in implementation. They managed roll-out in Sylhet and Sunamganj in June 2019, and added Cumilla with this event. The total number of districts under eMIS currently stands at 28 and is expected to reach 38 by June 2020.
Guests and Participants
Shaikh Yosuf Harun, Secretary, Medical Education and Family Welfare Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was present as the Chief Guest in the event. Quazi A K M Mohiul Islam, Director General, Directorate General of Family Planning; Md. Abul Fazal Mir, Deputy Commissioner, Cumilla; Dr. Sukumar Sarker, Technical and Policy Advisor, USAID; Dr. Md. Mujibur Rahman, Civil Surgeon, Cumilla; Dr. Shams Al-Erifin, Senior Director, Maternal and Child Health Division, icddr,b and Md. Humayun Kabir, Senior Strategic and Technical Advisor, MEASURE Evaluation were present as special guests. Mr. Manoj Kumar Roy, Director (MIS), DGFP was in the chair.
Participants from DGFP headquarters included 7 out of 9 Directors/Line Directors and personnel from MIS and Logistics etc. The representatives of USAID and its implementing partners were present. Md. Mahbubul Karim, DDFP, Cumilla, all UFPOs and MO-MCHs attended the event. The meeting was attended by all field staff from 16 upazilas of Cumilla. Besides, district administration officials: Additional Deputy Commissioners and Upazila Nirbahi Officers attended the program.
Welcome Speech and presentations
The meeting began with a welcome speech from Md. Mahbubul Karim, Deputy Director, Family Planning, Cumilla. He expressed the eagerness of Cumilla to jumpstart the digitization process and mentioned that Cumilla had been waiting long for participating in the eMIS. Afterwards, Mr. Morshed Alam, Upazila Family Planning Officer, Cumilla Sadar made a presentation highlighting the successes of Cumilla in respect of family planning activities, maternal and child health.
It was followed by another presentation delivered by A T M Sanaullah Nuri, Deputy Director (MIS), DGFP on the current status of eMIS all over the country. He also elaborated how the DGFP is going to roll out eMIS in other districts.
Speech of the Chief Guest
The Chief Guest delivered his speech early as he had to leave for attending another scheduled program. He distributed tabs to the FWAs, FPIs, FWVs, SACMOs, upazila and district manager. He narrated the government’s digital vision and expressed his satisfaction on the roll out. He also mentioned that MOHFW is committed to expand the digital tools in all the districts in due course.
Speeches from Guests
Dr. Sukumar Sarker, Technical and Policy Advisor, USAID, who was present as a special guest, elaborated USAID’s support in the health sector including eMIS. He congratulated the public sector worker for their good work and requested them to keep it up.
Md. Humayun Kabir, Senior Strategic and Technical Advisor, MEASURE Evaluation pondered on how far the eMIS has come since Tangail and how the resilience of the field workers helped to expand the scope of the apps and make the implementation successful.
Dr. Md. Mujibur Rahman, Civil Surgeon, Cumilla delivered speech. Dr. Shams Al-Erifin discussed about the phases of technical assistance that led to continuous improvement of paper records and finally to development of digital tools. Md. Abul Fazal Mir, Deputy Commissioner, Cumilla congratulated the DGFP for digitizing their work. He also discussed about their engagement with the family planning department.
Dr. Mohammad Sharif, Director (MNRH) and Mr. Hemayet Uddin, Director (Admin), DGFP conveyed their enthusiasm and support for the initiative.
Quazi A K M Mohiul Islam, Director General, Directorate General of Family Planning delivered a to be motivating speech to the staff. He mentioned that the management is aware of the problems and taking steps to resolve them gradually. He advised them to work diligently. During his speech, the field staff expressed solidarity and stood up to take a vow to work better.
Speech of the Chair
The meeting concluded with speech from the chair, Mr. Manoj Kumar Roy, Director (MIS), DGFP. He highlighted the commitment of the DGFP and mentioned that following Cumilla, other districts would be digitized in quick succession.
Distribution of tabs and Training
During the event, 868 tabs were distributed to the FWAs and FPIs. After distribution, the field staff raised their tablets filling the dimmed auditorium with sparkling screens. The implementation in Cumilla is beginning with training of family planning assistants (FWA) and family planning inspectors (FPI) who work in communities. Facilities would be covered later.
It has emerged that the DGFP is fully committed to carry forward the implementation of eMIS across remaining districts and making good progress in making eMIS available to all their field workforce. The speed and momentum is noteworthy. The enthusiasm seen among the community level workers and the managers overwhelmed the audience. They were happy that there would be change in the way they work and their commitment tells of a health system that is embracing technologies to improve the way it functions.
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