While DHIS2 is developed and maintained by the HISP group at the University of Oslo, Norway, the Prime Minister emphasized that its success is largely due to to the global DHIS2 community, saying that “the rapid roll out of this new tool (DHIS2 for COVID-19) would not have been possible without the existing collaboration between countries already using this platform.” and specifically mentioned the significant role played by Sri Lanka in their early customization of DHIS2 for COVID-19 surveillance.
Together with Sierra Leone, Norway is a co-founder of The Digital Public Goods Alliance. Together, they support the UN Secretary General’s call for digital cooperation between countries, the private sector, and the UN system to deploy digital public goods to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) has financed the development and implementation of DHIS2 in support of these goals, and the general goal of strengthening health systems in low- and middle-income countries.
Read the press release from New America’s even on their website, and watch the recording of the Prime Minister’s remarks below: