GDHN November Meeting: Digital transformation lessons learned from the USAID funded Country Health Information Systems and Data Use Project and the Ethiopia Digital Health Activity


CHISU  is the flagship data and information system project of the USAID Bureau for Global Health, Office of Health Systems. The project works to strengthen host country capacity and leadership to manage and use high quality health information systems to improve evidence-based decision-making. CHISU aims to strengthen health information systems, interoperable information architecture and data use, and support countries’ self-reliance by enhancing capacity for local leadership and engagement in every aspect of health data. More information on CHISU can be found here:

The Digital Health Activity (DHA) is a five-year, USAID-funded Activity implemented by JSI. With inspiration from the Information Revelation agenda, the project has four key pillars: Digitization, Data Use, Capacity Building and Governance. Under digitization, DHA adopts global public goods to develop and customize various digital health tools that facilitate the improvement of quality of care. Data use, development of culture of data use at all levels of the health system and ensuring data is properly used for better and improved decision making. Moreover, adoption and use of best practices and policies in digital health interventions and working with higher institutions and private sector for sustainability. DHA is helping build a sustainable, resilient, and interoperable health information system (HIS) that ensures the entire health sector has the data, analytics, and skills necessary to improve the health and wellbeing of all Ethiopians. More information on the DHA can be found here:


Dela Darji, Digital Health Specialist, JSI


  • Steve Ollis, Project Director for the USAID Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) project, JSI
  • Dr. Loko Abraham, Chief of Party of the USAID Digital Health Activity in Ethiopia, JSI
  • Anya Cushnie, Technical Lead-Data Use and Analysis – CHISU, JSI
  • Caitlin Madevu-Matson, Senior MEL Advisor – CHISU, JSI

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