I am hoping to draw on the collective experience of AFRIK-IT list members
to point me in the direction of some appropriate software.
The IDRC along with the WHO, the World Bank, CIDA, and UNICEF are funding a
project in collaboration with the Tanzania government called the Tanzanian
Essential Health Interventions Project. The project is designed to test
the hypothesis that more rational and efficient decisions on health
allocations can be made on the basis of information obtained at a district
level. This is a vast oversimplification of the project and, should you be
interested, more information can be obtained at http://www.idrc.ca/ehip
As the whole premise of the project is based upon efficient monitoring of
resources, it would be nice to have a piece of software that would allow
regional health authorities to track in a relatively simple way the
disbursement of health resources. It would also be nice to have a simple
mechanism for consolidating the information from regional authorities.
My initial response was that a tailored spreadsheet would probably achieve
most of what they wanted to do but it may be that there exists a software
package that I am unaware that could better achieve this function.
With any luck, the software should be relatively easy to use and relatively
low-end i.e. capable of being run on a 386dx system. Does anyone know if
any of the big accounting firms invested in developing software along these
lines? What about the UN, WHO, etc?
I realize that I haven't given much of a specification for the software but
I am hoping that it is enough to get some pointers in the right direction.
Thanks... Steve Song
Steve Song <[log in to unmask]>
Senior Technical Advisor
International Development Research Centre
P.O. Box 8500, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1G 3H9
Tel. +1 613 236 6163 Fax +1 613 567 7748