Addressing Health HR Data Blockages in Sierra Leone
At the request of Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) and with funding from Corus International, CGA Technologies is carrying out interim work on HRHSL, the Ministry’s healthcare worker attendance system.
The MoHS has been using HRHSL, the near real-time at-scale system developed by CGA Technologies, since 2018 to monitor the attendance of healthcare workers and strengthen payroll data assurance. Recently, its use has stalled due to central government data blockages when the payroll was restructured. The work will address these data blockages to enable healthcare facilities to resume attendance reporting and MoHS to regain visibility of health worker attendance data via https://hrhsl.org/.
HRHSL was developed by CGA Technologies under DFID’s Saving Lives in Sierra Leone (SLiSL) programme to strengthen workforce, payroll and attendance monitoring and management of health workers. In its first 6 months of use, the Government of Sierra Leone saved £238,000 GBP through payroll cleansing and sanctions from effective HR management.
Technical issues caused by payroll data blockages with central government systems have prevented HRHSL from reporting attendance data.
Under this project, CGA is working with the Human Resources for Health Directorate to identify and clear the blockages of information and accountability, support health facilities to manage staff and report attendance, provide data bundles to address connectivity challenges, and add functionality to download specified staff and attendance lists for any historical months.
The work will have an immediate impact. Updated data on healthcare worker attendance at facilities nationwide will be used to inform workforce distribution and GoSL planning and budgeting for HR needs. It will also be used to inform payroll sanctions and cleansing, which maintain payroll integrity and ensure accountability of public spending.