Developing National Repository of Child Health Information for India

International Conference on Digital Libraries and Knowledge Organization – ICDK - 2011
Venue: MDI,Gurgaon Technical Session, 16 February 2011
Mr. Anil Kumar Mishra, Dr. Supreet Kaur, Dr. Rajesh Khanna Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Prof. Deoki Nandan

National Child Health Resource Centre, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) New Delhi, India

• NCHRC, NIHFW and Why ‘Repository on Child Health? • Situational analysis • Plan & Steps of development • Software selection • Key features of Repository • Conclusions and Impact

National Institute of Health & Family Welfare

•Apex Technical Institute funded by MOHFW •Main national level agency for training, education, research, evaluation & consultancy •Since 2007 several new training courses, developed partnerships and mechanisms

Education and Training Research and Evaluation

Consultancy & Advocacy

Specialized Services

Specialized Projects

National Child Health Resource Centre
• Established in 2008 at National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) with financial support from Norway-India Partnership Initiative (NIPI)
• Aims to strengthen the focus on child health and mainstream child health agenda in public health • Create a platform at national level for discussion and information sharing on relevant issues.

Background Information
• Poor status of child health:
o Contributes to more than one fifth of the under 5 child deaths globally. o 1.6 million children die before one year of age o Low percentage of fully immunized children(44%) • Various Government initiatives to improve the status of child health including the most recent National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)

Lack of Information Management
• Lead to the generation of an abundant resource of information • Information lies scattered and inaccessible to the public
• Repository on Child Health is an attempt to mitigate this problem and improve management of child health information.

Situation Analysis On Existing Repositories In India
• WHO- India Health Repository: Key information on Health sector and health systems, limited information, not updated. • National Health Information Collaboration (NHIC): Information mainly on scientific articles & thesis, information submitted through the authorized content providers only. • Policy Reforms Option Data Base: Includes case studies and innovative ideas on health sector reforms only. • NGO Gateway: Contains information related to HIV/AIDS only.

Our findings
• Child Health information, not in single place. • Inadequate sharing and exchange of information • Lack of coherence between the needs and the programs • Poor visibility of child health issues • Duplication of efforts.

Plan for Repository Development
• Goal : Comprehensive ‘National Repository’ of
information on child health under a single roof.

• OBJECTIVES: o Collect published and unpublished information on child health o Make this resource freely available o Prevent duplication of efforts o Disseminate updated information.

Target Audience
• • • • Policy makers Child health specialists Public health professionals Frontline workers

Sources For Collection Of Information: • National and International Organisations.

Steps For Development
• Listing and contacting agencies
o Data base of more than 900 organizations developed.

• Collection of materials o More than 600 resource materials collected.

Process for Information Management
Resource Materials received

• Recorded in ‘log of records’ with unique serial number • Transfer the materials to folder ‘Unclassified materials’

Review of Materials

• Distribute materials among subject experts for review • Experts write abstracts, keywords and category of the material

Categorization & Uploading

• Categorize reviewed material based on ‘List of categories ’ • Upload the categorized materials on the Repository

TOPICS • • • • • • Maternal health Newborn child health Immunization Nutrition Diseases General information Each topic divided into THEME
•Policies, programs, • guidelines •Technical publication •Trainings •Statistical information •Scientific article •IEC/BCC Gallery

Selection Of Software And Customization
• Comparison of all the available open source software like Joomla, Drupal. • Selected Drupal CMS on Windows platform.

 Advantages of Drupal:
• • • • Stable and compatible for our requirements. Updated regularly Completely customizable to fit the needs Provides access to the digital work through one interface. • Accepts and suited for any type of digital contents including texts, Images, PPTs, Audio-Video etc.

Key Features Of Repository
• Launched in July 2010 • Collection & management of 600 resource materials • Free/open access to full text document or resource material for all users • Categorization of information into specific Topics & Themes • Abstract, Keywords, Source & Year of Publication for each document along with cover page photograph

• Thesaurus (standardized vocabulary) & Link keywords /

Source: Google Analytics

Source: Google Analytics

Source: Google Analytics

Source: Google Analytics

• Collation and management of child health information at a single place

• User friendly interface, Open access • Increasing support from organizations • Interest shown by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to give a link on their website


knowledge is not about giving people something, or getting something from them. Sharing knowledge occurs when people are genuinely interested in helping one another develop new capacities for action; it is about creating learning processes.” Peter Senge

Thank you
Anil Mishra

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