DTM for Health
DTM worked with Global Health Cluster to identify information needed for analysis and response that DTM can collect through the methodologies that DTM field teams use. They also jointly developed short guidance and presentations that can help DTM and Partners in the field better work together to collect and use data for sectoral and inter-sectoral response.
Information commonly needed for Health are included in the DTM Field Companion for Health, formatted as a Data Analysis Plan: it includes suggested phrasing of questions and options for reply as well as descriptive analysis and possible use of data for each information need.
The focus is on 5 areas, appropriate to the DTM MSLA methodology:
- Alerts (e.g. unusual high number of deaths, or of people in distress)
- Access to healthcare services, and obstacles to access
- Access to medicines and obstacles to access
- Sexual and reproductive health (e.g. whether women give birth at home or facility, presence of female healthcare workers)
- Health seeking behaviours
Health actors may also be interested in using:
- Demographics per location (number of people, sex-- and age-disaggregated data, groups with specific needs)
- Geographical locations (areas, locations, sites, neighbourhood, GPS coordinates), movement routes and access modalities
- Places of origin (areas, districts...) and time of departure
- WASH information (water sources used, access to water, hygiene and sanitation, coping mechanism for lack of wash…)
- Food security and nutrition information (skipped meals, availability of food, children visibly malnourished…)
DTM Field Companion for Health is available in EXCEL and in PDF. In the pdf version, one information need is detailed in each page, while in the excel version, one information need is detailed in each row. The information is identical on both versions.
DTM and Global Health Cluster colleagues developed joint guidance on how to use DTM data for Health. See the 2-pager Using DTM to collect data for Health and the 2-pager on Use and Correspondence of Health Seeking behaviours.
- DTM Field Companions include specific information needs that Global experts identified for most sectors: https://dtm.iom.int/dtm-partners-toolkit/field-companion-sectoral-questions-location-assessmentt. Field companion for health is available in two formats:
- PDF (one page one question): https://dtm.iom.int/dtm-partners-toolkit/field-companion-pdf,
- EXCEL (one row one question): https://dtm.iom.int/dtm-partners-toolkit/field-companion-excel
- 2-pager guide on Using DTM to collect data for Health, in: https://dtm.iom.int/dtm-partners-toolkit/health-0
- 2-pager on Use and Correspondence of Health Seeking behaviours, in: https://dtm.iom.int/dtm-partners-toolkit/health-0
- Presentation on DTM for Health,in: https://dtm.iom.int/dtm-partners-toolkit/health-0
- Public Health Information Services (PHIS) Standards, in: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/documents/publications/standards-for-public-health-information-services.pdf?sfvrsn=328fc80e_1
- Public Health Information Services (PHIS) Toolkit, in: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/documents/publications/public-health-information-services-toolkit.pdf?sfvrsn=667b0181_1