About HiSP BD

Standards, innovation, collaboration, learning - the way we work


Health Information Systems Program (HISP), a global initiative dedicated to enhance health information systems in developing countries, originating in South Africa during the 1990s. At the forefront of this movement is the HISP Center, situated at the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway. The center plays a pivotal role, offering support through global capacity building, implementation assistance, research endeavors, and hosting the core development team for the DHIS2 software.

With this global network, HISP nodes in different countries are committed to a participatory approach, empowering local management of healthcare delivery and information flows. Explore our initiatives and discover how we contribute to the advancement of health information systems worldwide. DHIS2 has been successfully implemented in over 100 countries and territories worldwide. In nations with a national DHIS2 system, a locally registered organization, such as HISP-[Country Name], is often present to advocate for and support the respective DHIS2 installation.​

The way we work​

HISP follow a participatory approach in designing, implementing, and maintaining health information systems. Our primary objective is to facilitate management of healthcare delivery and information flows within specific health facilities, districts, as well as at national of regional level. Additionally, we strive to extend these solutions to foster the global dissemination of DHIS2 as a public good in developing countries.

HISP Bangladesh Foundation stands as a key partner in global initiatives, contributing to the establishment and management of DHIS2 as a widely acclaimed and robust solution for organizational, national, regional, and global public health and collaborative information systems.

We also support other open-source software implementation, integration data exchange with both proprietary and global public IT goods from granular level to at any level of aggregation.

Partner of DHIS2 global initiatives

HISP-Bangladesh Foundation is one of the partners of the global initiatives under which DHIS2, a globally well-reputed and robust solution for organizational, national, regional, and/or global public health and collaborative information system has been established and managed in over 100 countries and territories. In countries, where there is a national DHIS2 system, there may be a nationally registered organization named HISP-Country name to promote and support the respective DHIS2 installation.

Maker of Bangladesh National HIS

Established in 2010, HISP-Bangladesh Foundation is registered with Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSC) since 2014 as a non-profit organization. It caters the national public health and project-based information system of MOHFW, NGOs, and development partners of Bangladesh. The DHIS2 in the data center of Directorate General of Health Services of Bangladesh, has been installed, expanded, and managed by HISP-Bangladesh Foundation. Notably, the Bangladesh DHIS2 system is the world’s largest and the best deployment.

Even longer and brighter story

The heavy dependency of th Management Information System (MIS) of MOHFW-Bangladesh on HISP-Bangladesh Foundation over the time helped the foundation to develop diverse and world class capacity in almost all software development platforms, covering almost all areas data and information generation, processing, and dissemination. The domains are vast, viz., DHIS2, HR Information System, National EHR System, organizational data network, online education and training, video meetings and conferences, data mining and reporting, development and maintenance of robust web sites and web portals, etc.

A sound example

A sound example can be found among different items on the website of DGHS-Bangladesh: www.dghs.gov.bd. In terms of an information repository and showcasing, parallel examples are only rare not only in Bangladesh rather in the whole world. It may be mentioned here that the United Nations recognized the success of this national health information system with the Digital Health 2011 Award to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Global foot print

The current multi-dimensional Bangladesh MOHFW’s national COVID-19 data capture, processing, and sharing with real time practical use is a demonstration of our ability to create and maintain a robust data system. These brighter examples, mentioned above, helped HISP-Bangladesh Foundation, to keep its footprints in multiple countries like Maldives, Timor-Leste. in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF, Global Fund, GAVI, ADB and GIZ. Maldives and Timor-Leste are small island countries, and their problems are unique featuring geographic isolation. The solutions and experiences in these countries for integrated health information system development and support and vast and long successful experience in Bangladesh with specialized immunization tracking system (both physical and individual tracker) can be unbelievably valuable for implementing project of any size, type, depth, and complexities.

Who created HiSP-BD

Fortunately, the personalities who built this gigantic national health system in Bangladesh have deep understanding about the pros- and cons- and full grammars of health information system, and they are the founders of HISP-Bangladesh Foundation, and now are more engaged and committed with the foundation in Executive Board following their retirement from the government job. The HISP-Bangladesh Foundation Board members were heavily involved during the sudden influx of thousands of Rohingyas in Bangladesh in 2017 to rapidly create a well-coordinated and strong Government-NGOs-DPs health coalition to streamline the effective health service provisions for the Rohingyas. A coordinated web-based health service information system was also built during that time under the leadership of DGHS-Bangladesh and with these persons.

A trusted partner of Dept. of Informatics of University of Oslo

HISP Bangladesh has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Department of Informatics, University of Oslo for joint cooperation on: 1) DHIS2 open source software development; 2) National, regional and global capacity building activities including hosting and arranging DHIS2 Academies and developing teaching curriculums and materials; 3) Joint research and academic activities; 4) Implementation support to Ministries of Health, health programmes and others; 5) Development of integrated health Information architectures in countries and generally; 6) Development of tripartite agreements between the Parties and Ministries of Health for the strengthening of health information systems; 7) Develop a network of action, linking researchers, students, projects, Universities and health authorities in a cooperative network.

Legal basis

Established in 2010, HISP Bangladesh Foundation attained formal registration as a not-for-profit non-governmental organization in 2014 with the Office the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms under the ACT. XXI of 1860. HISP Bangladesh specializes in the development, maintenance, and implementation of health information systems, focusing but not limited to DHIS2, as a member of the global HISP network.

HISP Bangladesh Foundation has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, for cooperation. Also, HISP Bangladesh is a member of ‘HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS PROGRAM PARTNERSHIPS ORGANISATION’, a non-profit company duly registered in terms of the company laws of South Africa (Registration Number: 2016/312682/08) led by HISP South Africa. HISP Bangladesh is also a founder member of HISP Asia regional hub with other HISP nodes in Asia and the pacific region.

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Md Nabiullah

HIS Development Specialist

He is one of the DHIS2 implementer with core development experience including frontend, backend, and interoperability. He is involved with several DHIS2 related projects locally and internationally. In recent years Mr. Nabiullah have worked in DHIS2 web API by developing Middleware for COVID-19 public reporting, web service, API end point to synchronize or data push-pull among in different systems e.g., OpenCRVS, HRIS.

Md. Mohidul Hasan

HIS Specialist

Mr. Mohidul is the DHIS2 implementer and national level trainer of HISP Bangladesh. He is working at HISP Bangladesh almost 4 years engaged with several DHIS2 project locally and globally. He is the key trainer of COVID19 surveillance system, Gender Based Violence(GBV) as well as HIV program. He has vast knowledge at Web Development sector and Already developed organizations own website also. He has already completed DHIS2 level-1 and level-2 academy from Bangladesh as well as completed couple of online DHIS2 academy to enrich his knowledge.

Shekh Md. Nazim Uddin

HIS Specialist

Mr. Nazim is the DHIS2 implementer and a trainer. He is involved with several DHIS2 related projects locally and internationally almost 8 years. He has knowledge about public health and vast knowledge about IT. He is involved with lots of Bangladeshi implementation of HIS sector. Experienced in cancer registry requirement analysis and design in dhis2. Also he is a focal person of eRegistry implementation in Matlab, Bangladesh from HISP Bangladesh side. Linkon also act as focal person of dhis2 country implementation in Maldives.

Md Nabiullah

HIS Development Specialist

I have completed B.Sc (hon’s) and M.Sc in Physics from Govt. Azizul Haque College, Bogura under National University.  During my study I was so much interested about Computer and after completing masters I got a job of lecturer but I decided to build career in computer programming when I got scholarship (of web programmer) from IDB-BISEW. I completed the post graduate diploma in Web Presence Solution and completed a six months internship (7th Batch) under National ICT internship program, Bangladesh Computer Council.

I liked programming so much so I don’t feel bother when I studying from GOOGLE after office in night or in office time. I like to solve complex issues and always thinking to build a proper logic in coding to solve the task by less processing. I started programming with C# and PHP but my first company mostly worked in web-based so I mostly worked in PHP, PostgreSQL, MySQL.

In recent years I have worked lots in DHIS2 web api by developing Middleware/Covid19 public reporting/Web service/API end point to synchronize or data push/pull automatically in two different system e.g. OpenCRVS, HRIS with maintaining and settle up of Linux Ubuntu Server.

I have worked with raw PHP with CodeIgniter, Laravel, YII, Phpfox,  MySQL, PostgreSQL, XML, AJAX, HTML, JavaScript, Jquery, Wordpress, Joomla, bootstrap, foundation, Pjax, CSS3, HTML5, QGIS,    Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Flash, Adobe Premier pro, Filmora etc.

I have develop a system from top to bottom with functioning role based permission system of different activity/access to allow different users to work in different roles like super admin, sub-admin, group admin, data entry, registered user etcetera in a single system. Now I am able to develop any customized application/system needed.

In my 13 years of professional experience, now I am working as HIS Development Specialist at HISP Bangladesh Foundation. And previously worked at icddr,b as Programmer, at Zoom Group as Senior Software Engineer, at Codemen as Software Engineer, at Nogor Solutions as Web developer.

At icddr,b I have the responsibility of management of Web-based surveillance system of Kala-Azar in DHIS2 Central Server (MIS, DGHS). Also I have developed an automated data import system by DHIS2 Web API for generating automated suspected outbreak alert by email and mobile SMS, and some complex reporting with creating maps using QGIS which is needed by our team.

DHIS2 customization, Implementation, Database management and training experience for long days. Supporting the development of academy material and DHIS2. Ms. Fatema have long experiences in DHIS2 database, HMIS system design with evaluation of DHIS2 from the beginning of DHIS2 (2.0 to 2.x). She has particular experience in Urban HMIS in Bangladesh where there are multiple players involved to provide services including government and non-government stakeholders. (TOGAF 9.1 certified)

Nayeem Al Mifthah

Health MIS Expert

Having Public health, ICT, Planning, Statistics and data science related educational background, Mr. Nayeem is experienced across with different global development partners, and government on ICT, Health MIS, digital technology-based beneficiary and commodity tracking, public health, MNCH, EPI, Surveillance, Multisectoral Nutrition, M&E, GIS, assessment of interventions, and planning in Bangladesh and other LMICs across Asia and Africa. Experienced in diverse requirement analysis for HIS, design DHIS2 (aggregated, survey, tracking, surveillance etc.) and other open-source software with contextual standards and perform complex analytics. Nayeem is also worked as visiting faculty of Bangladesh University of Health Sciences on various subjects related to Health Informatics at Masters level including Standard and interoperability in HIS, Modeling Simulation and Visualization, Enterprise Architecture in HIS.

Kazi Shahidul Islam

Health MIS Expert

In a long career, Mr. Kazi Shahidul Islam has earned a nice blend of multi-dimensional businesses & multi-cultural people experience, and become very much skilled at understanding System Analysis, Users’ Needs, Business Process Optimization, Data Design, and Data Management in a variety of business sectors – hospitality, healthcare, retail, general-trading, maintenance & operations, etc. He is currently managing the teams for Mobile Apps, Cloud-based Startups, and e-Commerce Scheme in Dhaka and Dubai, and working on a larger platform that combines different technology and research.


Having implemented four major ICT projects in the last 20 years, Mr. Islam is very confident in the analysis and integration of ICT systems, ICT project management, and acting as the technology lead. He studied and worked for several System Architecture for different projects in different countries – India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, German, USA, Japan, Thailand, and UAE.

It would be worth-mentioning here that, the project of Evercare Hospital (the then Apollo Hospitals Dhaka) got the JCI certification. Mr. Islam led the development and implementation team of Hospital Information System (HIS) for about 4 years.

Mr. Islam had spent 6 years in Malaysia (1991 to 1997) and 10 years in Dubai (2008 to 2018). During his tenure in Dubai, he acquired a reputation for his passion of innovation and problem-solving skill. He is always having an ability to focus his entire talent to solve a complex problem which even may require a call to lead to get the things done. He always emphasizes on team building and team efforts – as a team leader or a team member he never falls aside the team.

Understanding environment and people around is one of his key abilities and thus his communication skill always rates him high. He can create a vision, which could be well accepted by the audience & client, create awareness among the end-users and implement the project with whatever the challenges to be conquered.

Mr. Islam obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1989. He, then, joined a Research Program at University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) in 1991.

Current Projects of Mr. Kazi Shahidul Islam

Consultant – HiSP Bangladesh

Working with National MIS with DHIS2 system (National Dashboard for Covid-19)

Under DGHS, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Consultant – Patient Data Management, Urban Primary Healthcare Services Delivery Project

Financed by Asian Development Bank

UPHCSDP II, Under the Ministry of LGRD, The Government of Bangladesh

Short Time Consultant – at the World Bank

For an assignment with Health Nutrition & Population SAR 2

Under DGHS, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Abdul Hannan Khan

Chief Executive Officer

Having 25 years of experience in project management in international environment with experience in working with international agencies, civil society and NGOS, including health sector, Mr. Khan have proven team leading expertise on several projects including implementation of District Health Information Software 2 (DHIS2) as a national Health Management Information System, as a Community HMIS in Bangladesh and regional countries. He is supporting the customization implementation of DHIS2 in several countries throughout Asia/Pacific, including CRVS system, HMIS system in Maldives and Timor-Leste. He is the key person who implemented DHIS2 in Bangladesh, as well as he worked with WHO and Global Fund, UiO and other organizations for DHIS2 implementation and other HIS areas. Mr. Khan has vast experiences in large scale database management, security, DHIS2 server and database including integration with other DHIS2 and external applications.

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