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Improving national data collection systems from voluntary counselling and testing centres in Kenya

Otwombe, K. N., Wanyungu, J., Nduku, Kilonzo and Taegtmeyer, Miriam ORCID: (2007) 'Improving national data collection systems from voluntary counselling and testing centres in Kenya'. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol 85, Issue 4, pp. 315-318.

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Problem Voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) data from the registered sites in Kenya have been fraught with challenges, leading to insufficient statistics in the national office for planning purposes. An exercise was carried out to determine the barriers to the flow of data in VCT sites in Kenya.
Approach A record-based survey was conducted at 332 VCT sites in Kenya. Data from on-site records were compared with those in the national office. The exercise was conducted in 2004 between 5 September and 15 October. Local setting All registered VCT sites in Kenya.
Relevant changes After the exercise, various measures to enhance VCT data collection and reporting were implemented. They include the provision of a uniform clat collection and reporting tool to all the districts in the country, the strengthening of a feedback mechanism to update provinces and districts on their reporting status and increased support to the data component of the national quality assurance for VCT.
Lessons learned Periodical field visits by the national officials to offer on-the-job training about data management to data collectors and to address data quality issues can dramatically improve the quality and completeness of VCT reports. The perceived relevance of the data and the data collection process to those working at the sites is the critical factor for data quality and timeliness of reporting.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 525 General works
WA Public Health > Statistics. Surveys > WA 900 Public health statistics
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV Infections > WC 503.1 Diagnosis
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Clinical Group
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Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2010 15:32
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 10:51


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