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Initiative Name:
Sharing of Best Practices between Belize and Tobago in the implementation of WinSIG as a methodology for productive management of their health systems
Initiative Status:
Completed and consolidating results
Adaptation, replication or scaling up of a previous initiative?
No
Modality of the initiative:
Triangular
Category(ies):
Improved Quality and Access to Health Systems and Services
Health Information Systems and Technology
Keywords:
WinSIG, Best Practices, Health Systems

Geographic Identifiers

Region(s):
Americas
Countries Leading or Providing Technical Cooperation:
Belize
Countries Demanding Technical Cooperation:
Trinidad and Tobago
Participating National Institutions, Organizations and/or Subregional Entities:
Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health, Tobago Regional Health Authority, Ministry of Health of Belize
Participating International and Multilateral Organizations:
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Initiative Start Date:
May 2007
Initiative End Date:
June 2007

Initiative Cost/Budget and Sources of Funding

Initiative Total Cost/Budget: (in US$)
12,500
Percentage Contributed by 3rd party sources:
100%

Initiative Description

Summary
WinSIG is a Management Information System for windows designed by PAHO/WHO to enable its member countries to better analyze the production of health services. While it allows for new information to generate, WinSIG has also contributed to the successful integration of existing information in order to offer health care managers with a creative strategy in administrating their systems and facilities. As Belize and Tobago began implementing the windows program in their health care systems, it became vital that a Technical Cooperation among Countries (TCC) project occur so that they could enhance their capacity to improve the productive management of their health care systems.

A delegation was formed in both Belize and Trinidad and Tobago and participated in a study tour in which each team was able to travel and share national experiences and best practices related to the WinSIG implementation process and the use of the program to inform decision making. All of the TCC objectives were successful as both Caribbean countries were able gain useful knowledge of the WinSIG program. The TCC was also effective in the sense that both nations recognized that they shared many of the same issues and could benefit greatly from future partnerships with each other.

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Contact Information:

Name of Contact Person:
Ms. Marilyn Entwistle, Health Services Development Advisor
Organization:
Pan American Health Organization
Email:
entwistm@jam.paho.org