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Our Expertise: Health

Surfacing Valuable Information

How do policymakers, local leaders, or community members make decisions when data that supports public health is unreliable, difficult to use, or does not exist? When resources are scarce or data is not actionable, making decisions for public health is challenging.

Supporting Public Health

We work with communities and policymakers to identify gaps, encourage greater data use, and train healthcare workers and decision-makers. Through visual tools, data landscaping, and guidance on data use, DG helps communities see how and where investments in data, tools, or interventions can support public health.

Focusing on Outcomes

Our partnerships in health programming help to highlight patterns and gaps to identify underlying factors that are important to improved health outcomes.

Data for Health Systems

Many community health systems are under-resourced, with overworked clinic staff that rely on health officials to allocate limited funding to vulnerable populations. We work with partners to implement cost-effective, sustainable systems that can assist with workload, support useful data reporting, and surface patterns to strengthen healthcare delivery.

Informing Policymakers

When data is unavailable or unreliable, policymakers are less able to make informed decisions in the best interest of the public. We work to fill the data gaps by building systems that present data for easy analysis and resource allocation.

Building Data Visualizations

Built through a collaborative process, DG’s health data visualization tools often focus on the most vulnerable — women and children, adolescents, and newborns — to help advocates, policymakers, and community members better understand and show others where interventions and investments could make a difference.

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Highlights

The Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI)
The Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI)

Tobacco usage rates are on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, including within sub-Saharan Africa. Over 8 million deaths are caused annually by tobacco use, including 1.2 million non-smokers who die from second-hand smoke. Through the Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI), Development Gateway is working with policymakers, governments, and civil society organizations in sub-Saharan Africa to use data to pass and monitor tobacco control legislation to reduce tobacco use.

2019 - Present
PREMAND: Preventing Maternal and Neonatal Deaths in Northern Ghana
PREMAND: Preventing Maternal and Neonatal Deaths in Northern Ghana

The PREMAND dashboard highlights interactions of social, cultural, and geographic factors in contributing to maternal and neonatal health outcomes. The flexible tool serves a range of users: from district health policymakers to local community leaders. It translates highly technical research data into an easily-understandable map, to make this information approachable and usable by decision-makers at all levels.

2017 - 2018 Build
Des Chiffres et Des Jeunes (DCDJ) Program
Des Chiffres et Des Jeunes (DCDJ) Program

The DCDJ program seeks to improve the data ecosystem in Côte d'Ivoire, increase the supply and demand for data – particularly health data – and to train and support data users.

2018 - Present

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Highlights from Francophone Africa and the Caribbean

DG has been implementing projects in French-speaking African and Caribbean countries since 2007. Here we highlight DG's ongoing work in Francophone countries in Africa and the Caribbean. 

August 17, 2021 Agriculture, Aid Management Program, Health

The South Africa Tobacco Control Data Initiative website is live!

Based on a stakeholder assessment and co-design workshop used to identify critical data gaps, this website works to provide trustworthy, up-to-date information on tobacco economics, use, prevalence, and more specific to South Africa.

Explore the South Africa website

Learn more about the Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI)

June 1, 2021 Health
Reducing Errors and Speeding Calculation through Automation

Armel Cyrille Brou, DCDJ Fellow in Côte d’Ivoire, provided support to the data management team at an Ivorian health facility focused on treating patients with HIV/AIDS. Armel developed an application that reduces the time spent calculating patient program schedules from five minutes to less than 30 seconds.

May 26, 2021 DCDJ, Health