The Health Resources and Services Availability Monitoring System (HeRAMS)1 is an approach that aims to improve overall access to health care by contributing to the development of a common picture of needs, gaps and health service priorities
and providing essential information to support decision-making and coordination of health sector actors in emergencies. It is a collaborative approach that involves a wide range of stakeholders and has been specifically designed to work in highly constrained, low-resource and rapidly changing environments, where access, security and lack of time and resources hinder the use of other traditional tools. approaches to evaluation and monitoring of health services.
In 2022, the Sudan Health Cluster reactivated HeRAMS in Sudan. Accordingly, a working group comprised of officers from Information Management (IM), Data Management (DM) and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) was created from members of the health cluster.
A standard HeRAMS data collection matrix has been developed in Excel format to collect information on the availability of health resources and services at service delivery points (SDPs). The matrix has been reviewed by the Global Health Cluster (GHC) team and further aligned with HeRAMS global core concepts and standards, taking into account national health system confidentiality.
On March 28, 2022, a training session was organized on the HeRAMS data collection matrix, attended by 36 participants from 23 NGOs. Starting in April, the process of requesting and receiving HeRAMS data began and ended at the end of June 2022. A total of 21 health partners submitted their HeRAMS matrix. At this stage, the HeRAMS application has only covered NGO-supported health facilities.
The report provided a descriptive and diagnostic analysis of 518 health facilities from 13 states assessed in terms of building condition, functionality, accessibility, management and support, basic equipment, information systems on health and the availability of essential health services.