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Data Demand and Information Use through STATA Training in Nigeria

A presenter speaks in front of a group of people in a conference room.Dr. Sylvia Adebajo, country director of Ciheb Nigeria, speaks to the participants at the STATA training.

Ciheb Nigeria, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, recently facilitated a training to promote a culture of data demand among stakeholders to encourage the use of data on the National Data Repository (NDR) to track program outcomes and impact. The training also aimed to build the capacity of the stakeholders to maximize the use of data on the NDR for research.

The five-day training in early August was developed to build stakeholders’ knowledge on the use of STATA statistical software for data analysis. STATA can be used for routine reporting of indicators not readily available on the NDR dashboard to enable the sustainability of data management processes.

The scope of the training included a wide range of topics such as the overview of NDR, data management, introduction to STATA statistical software for data management and analysis, and practical lab sessions.

Participants at the training included representatives from the Federal Ministry of Health, Ciheb Nigeria staff, and other partners.

The NDR is a de-identified patient-level database that provides near real-time monitoring of the HIV treatment program in Nigeria. It allows for deeper and more comprehensive analyses of patient treatment status, progress, histories, and outcomes that continue to guide decision-making towards achieving HIV epidemic control. It is a Federal Ministry of Health initiative in collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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