Installation Use And Management Of Data Using Open Hds And Odk


Open HDS is an open source Android tablet application that enables community field workers to collect births, deaths, migrations, pregnancies, deliveries, immunization and other pertinent health information. Mobile connectivity is required by field workers to collect data offline and upload data to the OpenHDS. Health program administrators and policy makers can thus have real time access to health and demographic information in the community. The web-enabled, tablet-based OpenHDS application allows users to efficiently select previously registered individuals and launch various OpenDataKit (ODK) forms to collect additional demographic, morbidity, and service delivery information. In addition to computing demographic data, health administrators and researchers are able to assess health system utilization and the burden of disease for a given population over time.

The OpenHDS also maintains a consistent record of significant demographic events that occur to a population in a fixed geographic region and generates up to date registration books. This course focuses on installation, use and management of openHDS. The concepts presented are reinforced with practical exercises at the end of each section. We also provide additional exercises and materials at the end of each module and access to our experts for any further questions.


By the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Monitor demographic data and health information
  • Manage demographic data and health information
  • Maintain demographic data and health information


5 days.


This course targets investigators, clinical researchers, research nurses, staff health records officers, and study coordinators.


Module 1: Understanding HDS

  • Introducing and defining HDS
  • Standards and applications of HDS in accordance to the UN and WHO
  • Uses, methodologies and importance of HDS
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of HDS

Module 2: Installation of the software

  • Application and use of openHDS
  • ODK installation
  • Application and use of ODK

Module 3: Connection of HDS and ODK

  • System design
  • Application/Deployment
  • Improving the process of data collection
  • Direct data collection standardization
  • Integration of HDS and ODK

Module 4: Connection of ODK Aggregate and ODK Collect

  • ODK Aggregate and ODK Collect definitions
  • Installation and Application
  • Importance of different servers upgrading

Module 5: Data quality Management

  • Improving the process of data collection
  • Direct data collection standardization
  • Database and data warehouses
  • Data integration (Consistent and effective)
  • Data fields within EWD(records)
  • Data architects and autonomy
  • Use of Metadata to improve analysis


  • This course is delivered by our seasoned trainers who have vast experience as expert professionals in the respective fields of practice. The course is taught through a mix of practical activities, theory, group works and case studies.
  • Training manuals and additional reference materials are provided to the participants.
  • Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued with a certificate.
  • We can also do this as tailor-made course to meet organization-wide needs. Contact us to find out more:
  • The training will be conducted at DATA-AFRIQUE TRAINING CENTRE, Nairobi Kenya.
  • The training fee covers tuition fees, training materials, lunch and training venue. Accommodation and airport transfer are arranged for our participants upon request.
  • Payment should be sent to our bank account before start of training and proof of payment sent to:
Course Schedule
Dates Fees Location Apply
12/08/2024 - 16/08/2024 $1500 Nairobi Physical Class
Online Class
09/09/2024 - 13/09/2024 $1500 Nairobi Physical Class
Online Class
14/10/2024 - 18/10/2024 $2950 Kigali Physical Class
Online Class
11/11/2024 - 15/11/2024 $1500 Mombasa Physical Class
Online Class
09/12/2024 - 13/12/2024 $1500 Nairobi Physical Class
Online Class

Our 2024 Group Rates (in USD)

# of Days
Group #
1. 1 $ 1500 $ 3000
2. 5 - 10 $ 1350 $ 2700
3. 11 - 20 $ 1200 $ 2400
4. 21 - 30 $ 1000 $ 2000
5. 31 - 40 $ 800 $ 1600
6. 41 - 50 $ 700 $ 1400
7. 51 > Above $ 600 $ 1200