Tanzania: Helpage Devises Health Monitoring Tools for Elderly

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Helpage International has come up with Health Outcome Tools (HOT) in data collection for health and care indicators, especially in assessing the impact of interventions for older persons’ health and wellbeing.

HelpAge International Country Director, Amleset Tewodros, said HOT is a monitoring and evaluation tool developed for understanding projects or programmes that aim to benefit older men and women in low middle income countries.

She revealed this during a two-day workshop on Regional Data Disaggregation held in Dar es Salaam last Thursday and Friday aimed at promoting the inclusion of the older people aged above 50 in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

The meeting involved participants from Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe. “The tool has already been accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO) but we are still in conversation with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children to see how we can implement it in Tanzania even for a short period of trial,” she said.

She added that the new tool would help solve the problem of lack of data that affects policy-making and prioritisation in resource allocation in the health sector. HOT will collect individual data manually and use them on health issues, she said.

Source: All Africa (link opens in a new window)

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