Here, you will find lessons containing videos, demonstrations, reading, and practice problems to help you become acquainted with implementing and using DHIS2. We look forward to supporting your learning journey in the coming weeks. DHIS2 is a versatile and open source, monitoring and evaluation system. However, it has many components, and therefore requires some patience and perseverance to learn. Our goal is to introduce you to this fantastic system, and to guide you as you navigate through implementing, and managing, a customized DHIS2 instance. We encourage you to use all resources available (the instructional team, fellow students, as well as readings and videos) to support your ongoing learning.

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DHIS 2 is a tool for collection, validation, analysis, and presentation of aggregate and patient-based statistical data, tailored (but not limited) to integrated health information management activities. It is a generic tool rather than a pre-configured database application, with an open meta-data model and a flexible user interface that allows the user to design the contents of a specific information system without the need for programming. DHIS 2 is a modular web-based software package built with free and open source Java frameworks.

DHIS 2 is open source software released under the BSD license and can be obtained at no cost. It runs on any platform with a Java Runtime Environment (JRE 7 or higher) installed.
DHIS 2 is developed by the Health Information Systems Programme (HISP) as an open and globally distributed process with developers currently in India, Vietnam, Tanzania, Ireland, and Norway. The development is coordinated by the University of Oslo with support from NORAD and other donors.

The DHIS 2 software is used in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and countries that have adopted DHIS 2 as their nation-wide HIS software include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Liberia, and Bangladesh. A rapidly increasing number of countries and organisations are starting up new deployments.

The documentation provided herewith, will attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of the application. Given the abstract nature of the application, this manual will not serve as a complete step-by-step guide of how to use the application in each and every circumstance, but rather will seek to provide illustrations and examples of how DHIS 2 can be implemented in a variety of situations through generalized examples.
Before implementing DHIS 2 in a new setting, we highly recommend reading the DHIS 2 Implementation Guide (a separate manual from this one), also available at the main DHIS 2