The European Infectious Disease Information Systems (EIDIS) Program is a regional activity in Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine (and possibly Bulgaria and/or Uzbekistan in the near future) that focuses on strengthening immunization information system, surveillance of communicable diseases, and improving management capacity of health officials at all levels. This activity is built upon the successful experience of an HIS reform program in Ukraine. From 1997-2001, PATH and the Government of Ukraine restructured elements of the national immunization program management information system which resulted in eliminating major constraints to achieving high immunization coverage, increased resource management efficiency and increased capacity for effective program monitoring and evaluation.
The EIDIS program is co-funded by USAID’s E&E and Global Bureaus, WHO/EURO and PATH to spread this effective model to other countries in the region, and to expand to surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases. It is structured as a partnership between host country governments, the European regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO/EURO), USAID (E&E and Global Bureaus), PHRplus, and PATH/Ukraine.
WHO is the primary implementing partner. PHRplus assistance is primarily focused on transferring technical expertise and approaches to WHO/EURO; proving required assistance with the development of strategic plans, methodological materials, local training, program monitoring and evaluation, and securing appropriate technical direction of country activities and sustainability of developed information systems.
The first joint WHO-PHRplus-PATH/Ukraine program start up missions to Moldova and Belarus began in 2002. The experts have been reviewing the existing system, introducing the activity to all the stakeholders, setting-up a working group and developing country specific workplans.