Ministry of Health has launched a project which intends to increase supply and demand of health data for decision making in six districts.

Speaking during the launch of the program known as Kuunika Data for Action in Zomba Secretary for Health, Dr. Dan Namarika said the use of the data is expected to improve HIV and Aids response.

Namarika said Kuunika Data For action is being implemented in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba, Mangochi, Thyolo and Mulanje.

“These are some of the districts that are not doing very well in terms of health indicators adding that HIV diagnosis, treatment, viral load suppression are a challenge in the six districts,” explained Namarika

He therefore commended Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for funding the Kuunika program.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Senior Programs Officer, Martin Gross said “better use of information on health issues can save more lives.”

Gross commended the team of organizations that are actively involved in the Kuunika program.

The program is being implemented under the banner ‘Improving Health Systems Through Data Driven Decisions’.