What we aim to achieve Better health information systems and an increased use of data to help make public health decisions
How we will achieve it:                 Collecting more data to inform public health planning, and sharing it with more people through the Tupaia platform
Who we’ve partnered with:       

Beyond Essential Systems

Where:                                             Cook Islands, Kiribati, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga and Vanuatu, with planned further expansion
When:                                       2019 - 2022

Access to good information is critical to good public health decision making. Tupaia strengthens regional preparedness and response capacity through health information systems and increased use of evidence-based public health action and response.

What is Tupaia?

Tupaia is a multi-country project that works to map health systems in the region, strengthen services and help governments fairly distribute resources. It takes information from a number of sources, including public health surveillance, hospitals and local healthcare facilities, essential medicines supply chains, and laboratories, and creates a dashboard of accessible data. Country governments have control and ownership of the data and system in their country, but it is provided at no cost to them. Initially funded by DFAT’s InnovationXchange, Tupaia has developed an easy to use, interactive online map that gives a bird’s eye view to decision makers, health workers, donors and members of the public on medicines, equipment, infrastructure, staff and services.

What will it do?

Tupaia will expand to cover high quality reporting tools in addition to its current supply chain mapping capability. These new aggregated sources of information will support the needs of key practitioners and policy makers, including access to new modules on:

  • Public Health Surveillance
  • Logistics
  • Laboratory Services
  • Disaster management

By the end of the program, we expect to see:

  • Real-time collation and availability of data, which is provided through maps and reports to inform health authorities
  • Improved functionality in the medicines supply chain
  • Public health information systems that are better integrated (e.g. sharing information between hospitals and pharmaceutical supply chains)
  • Rapid assessment of the condition of health facilities post-disaster, with this information provided to decision makers.