U.S. Project Delivers National Database to Coordinate OVC Health Services

LUSAKA — On November 25, 2015, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially handed over the Zambia Orphans and Vulnerable Children Management Information System (ZOMIS) database to the Ministry of Community Development.

The ZOMIS database, developed by the USAID Data Rising Project with support from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is part of a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system that provides accurate real-time information about services being provided to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in order to identify any gaps, ensure effectiveness of support, and avoid overlapping activities.

“Providing effective support to orphans and other vulnerable children depends on a good understanding of what the needs are and what services are already being provided,” noted USAID Deputy Mission Director Mr. Patrick Diskin.  “The Data Rising project has helped ensure that government, donors, and implementing partners provide effective, coordinated OVC services by developing this national information system to track and monitor these services.”

The Data Rising activity worked closely with the former Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health (MCDMCH) and other stakeholders to develop a functional and user-friendly database that provides accurate, aggregate, and accessible OVC data to support decision-making and policy formulation.  With over 2,000 service provider professionals trained in the use of the database at national and district levels, and over 1,300 registered users in the system, the database provides a unique opportunity for the government to better monitor the resources applied to meeting the needs of hundreds of thousands of children that require care and support services.

Data Rising was implemented by Expanded Church Response in the pilot districts of Lusaka, Namwala, and Ndola.  Between 2013 and 2015, the United States Government has invested $2 million to support the Data Rising project.