The Health Data Center (HDC) of the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has a mixed track record. On the plus side, it boasts an extensive, nationwide database that is highly representative of demographic data, making it invaluable for central-level monitoring and policy-making. Financially, it has a consistent budget, albeit high, and the data engineering team is well-versed in the hardware and software. However, the system faces significant challenges in timeliness, often delaying data for months, which impacts its completeness. Furthermore, local health officers have shown low acceptance of the system. Their reluctance is largely due to the additional work burden and the lack of applicability of HDC in their day-to-day operations. In summary, while HDC is quite successful at the central MOPH level, it struggles with timeliness and local-level acceptance, which affects its overall efficacy.
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