Software & data engineers
Harmonising the world’s public health data.
Because better data means better decisions
for better health across the world.
Health ministries are responsible for vast amounts of data with a multitude of stakeholders requiring access to it. It’s crucial that these datasets are organised in a secure central catalogue with the necessary means for controlling access, dissemination, interoperability and more.
Using data catalogues for health saves time and money, and can boost innovation and productivity for both staff and external partners. We have experience and expertise in using CKAN to deliver data hubs for a range of users. CKAN is a feature-rich open-source tool used by governments across the world to support data management and dissemination.
Research institutions around the world are conducting studies to support and strengthen evidence-based decision making in the health sector. Such studies often involve the collection, management and analysis of large complex datasets from patients and healthcare staff.
Fjelltopp provide expertise in electronic data collection, analysis and research. We collect data using open-source survey tools (such as Kobo Toolbox), and then clean, profile and analyse the data with custom versioned software code (using the Python/R Anaconda framework) to create familiar outputs in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets.
Our approach ensures best practices in data management are followed throughout the research project, meaning the analysis will be easily repeatable, auditable, organised and completely secure.
CKAN is used internationally across large global communities to effectively manage and publish datasets. It has a huge number of open and free extensions that can provide additional functionality. We have extensive experience building CKAN based solutions to help manage data for some of the world’s biggest public health causes.
We’ve forged a long-term agreement with UNAIDS providing CKAN support, so if your UN organisation would benefit from CKAN based solutions, we can get to work without having to wait for a lengthy tender process first. We hit the ground running for you making sure your data is managed and shared and working for you.
DHIS2 is used across the globe to manage health data and information. Fjelltopp have experience deploying, configuring, and interoperating with DHIS2. Whilst many DHIS2 instances are supported by an internal technical team, these teams are often overstretched and lacking key technical capacities. This results in DHIS2 instances that suffer from: extensive downtime, slow response times, confusing, convoluted metadata structures, and poor interoperability with other software systems.
That’s where we can help. Our software and public health expertise, as well as our experience working with DHIS2 instances across the globe is available as a second line of support. We can work alongside DHIS2 maintenance teams and HISP groups, increasing capacity to make the most of their DHIS2 instances. We have also worked with academic groups to help them adopt DHIS2 or interoperate with DHIS2 for their research.
We’re software and data engineers who understand public health. We solve problems concerning the collection, analysis or storage of health data by providing software and data engineering, research and IT consulting for public health and international development.
Wherever data collection, management and dissemination gets bogged down by poor communication, repetitive tasks, human error and poor organisation, we’re here to find clarity and efficiency.
We have particular experience supporting low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) enduring humanitarian challenge and crisis. We use software and research to enable these countries to overcome obstacles of communication and data management, such as location, language, resources and budget.
Our purpose is clear:
“To relieve those suffering from sickness, poverty or distress, in any part of the world, through the implementation and promotion of software solutions and scientific research”
Client: UNAIDS Geneva
Project size: $400 000+
Timeline: 2018 – Present
UNAIDS is a joint United Nations programme fighting HIV and AIDS. We work directly with the UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva, and the Epidemiology Team Lead Dr Mary Mahy.
Their goal: To lead and inspire the world to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
Their vision: Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS related deaths
Through this project we have also engaged with stakeholders from governments across Africa, the CDC, PEPFAR, and academic institutions across the globe.
Client: Dept. HIV & AIDS, Ministry of Health, Malawi, funded by UNAIDS
Project size: $90 000+
Timeline: 2021 – Present
The MOH in Malawi has similar aims and objectives to many other MOHs around the world…
Their vision: To achieve a state of health for all the people of Malawi that would enable them to lead a quality and productive life
Their mission: To provide strategic leadership for the delivery of a comprehensive range of quality, equitable and efficient health services to all people in Malawi by creating an enabling environment for health promoting activities.
The Department of HIV, AIDS & Viral Hepatitis (DHA) was established in 2001 under the MOH and carries responsibility for various HIV & Viral Hepatitis programs across Malawi.
Client: The World Health Organisation
Project size: $45 000+
Timeline: 2019 – Present
The World Health Organisation (WHO) employs people at a national, regional and global level to support its work towards enabling the highest possible levels of health for all.
We have worked at a national level with several WHO country offices around the globe, including WHO Ukraine. The WHO Ukraine office has been supporting the Ukrainian Ministry of Health (MoH) to develop evidence-informed national health policies and strategies with the overall goal: to support the Government of Ukraine in its progress towards universal health coverage.
For this project we worked closely with the WHO Emergency and Trauma Co-ordinator, Dr Omar Saleh. We provided a technical support role to Dr Saleh and other WHO staff, bringing expertise and best practises in data collection, analysis and research.
“Working with Fjelltopp has been a pleasure. The team is responsive to our technical needs, has quickly picked up the complexities of our substantive work, and has been forward-thinking by identifying solutions that our clients will appreciate.”
Dr Mary Mahy, Epidemiology Team Lead, UNAIDS Geneva
“There is so much more to Fjelltopp than managing and analyzing data. Their technical expertise, their analytical skills as well as their problem solving attitude is what has allowed WHO Kazakhstan to improve its emergency response and to set new operational standards in managing large-scale health care interventions.”
Dr Caroline Clarinval, Country Representative, WHO Kazakhstan
“We have really enjoyed working with Fjelltopp. The team has been incredibly responsive and communicative, always keeping us updated on progress and responding quickly to any questions or concerns we had. They have demonstrated a deep understanding of our needs/goals, and consistently delivered high-quality work exceeding our expectations. Their attention to detail and commitment to excellence was evident in every aspect of the project.”
Chimwemwe Mkandawire, Head of IT, DHA Malawi Ministry of Health
“Fjelltopp are a pleasure to work with, demonstrating responsiveness, flexibility and an ability to work with a range of different partners in country. All this allowed us to develop tools that were timely, relevant and adapted to the local context in Romania. We would be happy to work with them again and to recommend their expertise to others.”
Dr John Haskew, Emergency Management Expert, WHO Romania
“Working with Fjelltopp has been a great experience, the team demonstrated a high aptitude to data analysis, scientific initiatives and leadership, providing continuous research support and proactive follow up.”
Dr Omar Saleh, Emergency and Trauma Coordinator, WHO Ukraine