DHIS2 Design and Customization Academy, Level 1


University of Oslo and HISP Nigeria are pleased to announce the “DHIS2 Design & Customization Academy”, Level 1 to be held from 18th to 23rd November 2019 at the Corinthia Villa Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria.

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Purpose of Design and Customization Academy Level 1

This specialization course will teach you the basics of DHIS 2 system configuration. The Academy focuses on key design concepts in DHIS 2 and covers best practices in setting up and maintaining a high quality instance of the platform.

The training covers all the important customization steps including organisation units, data elements and categories, data sets, groups and group sets, sharing of metadata, user/access management and more. Tracker customization is covered in a separate course.

The DHIS 2 Aggregate Design & Customization course is structured around four elements:

  • Conceptual model: the information cycle
  • Conceptual model: the hierarchy of standards
  • Mother and child health example program – the 1000 most vulnerable days
  • DHIS 2 training environment called Trainingland
Duration: 6 days

Prerequisite: A completion certificate awarded during a previous DHIS2 Academy or having completed the Online Course on DHIS2 Fundamentals.


  • DHIS 2 Customization;
  • Good practices for tidy databases and data quality;
  • Create, administer and maintain the organizational hierarchy, data elements, data sets, indicators, validation rules and standard deviation analysis;
  • Perform detailed user management;
  • Preparing for data analysis.

*These Learning Objectives might be subject to change.

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A practical training program will make sure the facilitators and participants can work together on learning the principles and skills to review the adoption of immunization standards and features locally. With an emphasis on experience and solution sharing among countries and to promote networking and collaboration among DHIS2 implementers in the region, this academy will include several global and regional DHIS2 experts where you will be able to discuss your requirements and implementations during the academy.

Aluka Terpase

HISP Nigeria
Aluka Terpase is a Health Management Information systems (HMIS) consultant with upwards of 13 years experience in the conceptualization, deployment and management of monitoring and evaluation systems. Beginning on the ground breaking DFID sponsored - Benue Health Fund, continuing through the Federal Ministry of Health’s NHMIS DHIS roll out and the health policy strengthening of the DFID projects: PRRINN and PATHS2. As a member of the DHIS2 Community, he is involved in facilitating at both National and Regional DHIS2 Academies in West and Central Africa.

Akumba Barnabas

HISP Nigeria
Barnabas Akumba is an IT Professional at HISP Nigeria. In his role, he has been responsible for the design, implementation, management and support of various Health Information Systems in the country including the National Health Management Information System (NHMIS). He has garnered over 9 years experience in the conceptualization, deployment and management of Health Information Systems in the region. As a member of the DHIS2 Community, he has facilitated at various DHIS2 Academies in Nigeria and the West and Central Africa region.


Registration Fees

The Academy fees are USD 750 and include:

- Training materials
- Lunch breaks
- Two coffee breaks per day

Please complete the registration form below to register for the academy.

Travel and Visa

Airport and Airlines

Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria can be accessed throught the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, which has both local and international flights arriving and departing daily. Many international airlines have flights that land at this airport daily. The airport is about 25km from the Corinthia Villa Hotel and airport pickups can be arranged with the hotel.

Airport Transfers/Shuttle

Airport Taxis (you can ask from airport officials for directions) are available at the airport to various Hotel destinations in Abuja at an average fare of about NGN4000. If you will be staying at Corinthia Villa Hotel and will need to be picked up at the airport, you can arrange airport pickups to the hotel through our contact person. You can also arrange your pickup to be done by the Academy organizers by sharing your travel itinerary with us at nigeria2019@dhis2.org stating that you require to be picked up at the Airport.


Travelling to Nigeria requires Visa from Nigerian Diplomatic Missions in your Country of residence or where there isn't any diplomatic mission, a traveler can request Visa on Arrival, which will be used to obtain a visa at any official point of entry in Nigeria. More details on the Visa on Arrival procedure can be found here: https://immigration.gov.ng/visa-on-arrival/. Participants from ECOWAS countries do not require Visa to enter Nigeria.

Invitation Letter:

The event organisers will issue support letters, if required, only to those delegates who have registered for the academy.


Corinthia Villa Hotel: Located in a serene and private area at Garki 2 (also known as Area 11) within the business hub of Abuja, Nigeria's Federal Capital. The hotel offers first class amenities with standard services and express check-in. Hotel facilites include a sauna, steam room, spa and a swimming pool, creating the perfect blend of business and leisure.

We are happy to confirm an exclusive discount rate of NGN24,000 per night which includes; free wifi and use of the swimming pool and recreational rooms within the hotel. Please use the following details for your booking;

Contact Person - Blessing Osubor Funsho
Phone: (+234)9081879488, 8035438617
Email: blessing.osubor@corinthiavillahotel.com
Website : www.corinthiavillahotel.com

Leisure and Attractions

Abuja is a beautiful, serene city with tourist attractions such as nature parks, malls and the famous Jabi Boat Club. There are also a lot of beautiful restaurants and arcades, paintballing spots, and outdoor adventure centres. Abuja has a thriving night life and social scene.

Time zone

UTC +1


November in Nigeria is warm, dry and peak travel season. This season is the harmattan season and rainfall is not expected. The average maximum temperature at this time in Abuja lies around 33.0°C (91.4°F). Clear, bright days and cool nights are the norm in November.


The official currency of Nigeria is the Nigerian Naira (NGN).

Banking and ATM

Cash is king and cash dispensers are everywhere. ATMs are only for withdrawing Nigerian Naira (NGN) . ATMs are in the English language and most of them have an option for French. Most ATMs have a maximum per withdrawal of NGN120,000 (around US$420). You can use your VISA, MASTER, Verve cards with all ATMs.

VISA, Verve and MASTERCARD are the most widely accepted cards in the country. JCB and AMERICAN EXPRESS are also accepted in some outlets. Many hotels, commercial centers, shops and restaurants accept credit cards. Check with the cashier before making any purchases.

Official language



Supply is 220V. Plugs are square British three pin, but most hotels have European two-pin adaptors.


Laptop: The participants are expected to bring their own laptops.

Contact Us

Should you have additional questions about the DHIS2 Academy in Nigeria, please contact the DHIS2 Academy team at nigeria2019@dhis2.org Contact in Nigeria: Barnabas Akumba (+2348036195778) or Abigail Gaadi (+2348133217616). Email: akumbabarns@hispnigeria.org.ng or abigailgaadi@gmail.com

Barnabas Akumba (+2348036195778)
Abigail Gaadi (+2348133217616)

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Terms and Conditions

These Terms & Conditions apply to every person registering as a participant to a DHIS2 Academy.

Academy Registration

Only fully completed registration forms will be considered. After reviewing each registration, the Academy Organisers will send a confirmation/information email. This email will include all the details related to the payment of the registration fees.

Participation is not guaranteed until full payment of the registration fees is received.

Each Academy has a ceiling. If the maximum capacity is reached, the Academy Organisers reserve the right to refuse additional registrations and to close the registration form.

Methods of Payment

Payments should be made in advance, before the Academy starts, by bank transfer or PayPal. Participants who made a late payment (from 3 days before the Academy starts) are invited to bring a copy of their payment slip to the registration desk the first day of the Academy.

All bank fees and money transfer costs must be covered by the transmitter. Any negative balance will be collected on site. Kindly indicate the Academy name and the participant’s full name as a reference on all bank transfers.

Academy Collaterals

The Academy Organisers cannot guarantee that Academy collaterals will be available for late registrations. All materials will be distributed on-site.

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation (sickness, lack of funding or any other personal reasons) must be made in writing by email to the Academy Organisers. The date of the email will be the basis for considering refunds. Please indicate your bank details on your written cancellation. Refunds will be made after the conference.

Registration fees may be refunded as follows (depending on the Organisers' contracts with their vendors):
- Up to 4 weeks before the Academy: 100% refund
- From 4 weeks to 7 days before the Academy: 50% refund
- From 6 days to the Academy: no refund

The Academy Organisers reserve the right to reimburse the participant after deducting costs already incurred for the bank transfers.

No refunds will be granted for unforseen events or early termination of attendance, or any other incidents during the Academy, which are beyond the control of the Academy Organisers.

Cancellation of the Academy

In the event that the Academy cannot be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the Academy organisers, the Academy organisers cannot be held liable by participants for any damages, costs such as transportation, accommodation, and other expenses incurred by the participants.

All expenses in relation to the Academy, the registration and the attendance are the sole responsibility of the participants.

Under these circumstances, the Academy Organisers reserve the right to reimburse the participant after deducting costs already incurred for the bank transfers.


The registration fee does not include insurance. The Academy Organisers do NOT provide any form of insurance and do not take any responsibility for accidents or illnesses that might occur during the DHIS2 Academy and in the course of travel to or from the Academy place. Therefore, each participant is solely responsible for his/her safety, security and health.

Moreover, participants shall be aware of their health insurance policy and take appropriate measures to ensure their coverage for any hazards which might occur when attending the DHIS2 Academy.

Modification of the Programme and Venue Change

The Academy Organisers reserve the right to amend the Academy programme, including making changes to the speakers/facilitators appearing and/or subjects covered. No refunds can be granted in case of cancellation of speakers/facilitators, programme change or any other incidents during the Academy which are beyond the control of the Organisers.

The Academy Organisers reserve the right to move the Conference to a larger or smaller venue, if the level of participant registrations warrants.

Name Badge

The name badge must be worn at all times during the Academy. Access to the venue will not be granted without the DHIS2 Academy name badge.


It is the sole responsibility of the participant to take care of his/her visa requirements. Participant who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure.

Data Protection

The Academy Organisers will collect and store datas for the preparation and execution of the Academy.

HISP-UiO performs monthly e-mailings (which include photographs/videos) and/or communications on social media regarding the DHIS2 Academy. If you do not wish to appear in the marketing visuals, please send an email to max@dhis2.org

Email contact details of participants will not be passed on to third parties. Participants may unsubscribe from these mailing campaigns at any time.

Limitation of Liability

The participant agrees to be responsible for all property he or she brings to the Academy venue.

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