Under BPS, Blantyre has developed a data pipeline that connects fragmented data sources and configures access points for decision makers and data users to have routine access to curated prevention information and custom analyses. The data pipeline pulls in existing and novel data sources into user-centered dashboards of synthesized information for informed decision making through the Prevention Adaptive Learning and Management System (PALMS).
Through the PALMS, government, HIV prevention service providers, and other local partners are able to conduct regular data review, troubleshooting, and make informed decisions on necessary interventions. This is helping the district improve its ability to target HIV prevention interventions and deliver quality HIV prevention services. It is also helping the district improve patients’ and clients’ experiences at facilities.
The PALMS platform allows facilities to visualise the data on the status of STIs or access to ART at that facility, and through that, they are able to know where the problems are and how they can respond. This is helping government, HIV prevention service providers and other local partners to have evidence-based interventions.
The PALMS system integrates data from District Health Information System (DHIS2), Department of HIV and AIDS Information Management System (DAIMS), the National Statistical Office (NSO), the Malawi Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (M-PHIA and other studies such as the CSO mapping. The data pipeline also leverages data sharing agreements with stakeholders, partners and CSOs that are dealing directly with key populations, such as Pakachere and CEDEP.