DHIS2 Analytics Tools Academy, Level 1


University of Oslo and HISP Sri Lanka are pleased to announce the “DHIS2 Analytics Tools Academy, Level 1” to be held from 04 to 09 March 2019 at the Marino Beach Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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About DHIS2 Analytics Tools Academy, Level 1

Data has to tell a story, and the visualization techniques employed will dictate the quality of the narrative. In information management systems, data is consumed for decision making through clear and concise dashboards (collections of different data visualizations, charts, maps, and pivot tables). Choosing the most appropriate visualization technique or dashboard to convey a certain message or target a specific audience is key for program success.

This 6 day training in Health Management and DHIS 2 Analytics is an exciting combination of principles learning, key concepts of Information Use, Monitoring and Evaluation in the context of public health and the tools in DHIS 2 to support these.

Through lectures, hands-on exercises and discussion with peers, participants will be well equipped to enhance the use of DHIS 2 in their daily work.

The purpose of this Academy is to:

- Promote the use of information systems as a tool for decentralized program management (Using 1000 MVD as a core theme);
- Provide participants with a thorough understanding of data use (mining and visualization) mechanisms in DHIS 2;
- Impart data-use best practices and to provide you with real experiences using data to make decisions;
- Provide participants with a thorough understanding of data quality monitoring tools and mechanisms;
- Define core system structures that need to be in place for any information system.

*Prerequisite: A completion certificate awarded during a previous DHIS 2 Academy or having completed the Online Course on DHIS2 Fundamentals.

Add to Calendar 03/04/2019 08:00 AM 03/09/2019 05:00 PM Asia/Colombo DHIS2 Analytics Tools Academy, Level 1 | Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2019 University of Oslo and HISP Sri Lanka are pleased to announce the “DHIS2 Analytics Tools Academy, Level 1” to be held from 04 to 09 March 2019 at the Marino Beach Colombo, Sri Lanka. Marino Beach Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Learning Objectives*

Through presentations, examples, and exercises with real data, you will be equipped with an understanding of the various data visualization techniques, analysis concepts, data quality measures, and dashboard creation in DHIS 2.

*These Learning Objectives might be subject to change.


DHIS2 Academy is a great way of sharing experiences from the implementations from the countries in the region. DHIS2 Analytics Tools Academy, Level 1, Sri Lanka will provide you an opportunity for networking with global DHIS2 experts in addition to participants from the region. Academy trainers are highly recognised experts within global HISP community with vast knowledge and expertise on DHIS2 and public health domain.
Regional trainers from HISP Sri Lanka, HISP India, HISP Bangladesh and HISP Vietnam will participate as facilitators.

Roshan Hewapathirana

Team Leader, HISP Sri Lanka
DHIS2 Implementation adviser of HISP Srilanka having medical and ICT related education and experience in public health informatics using DHIS2. He has experience on public health data management, DHIS2 design and customization in country aspects and also having close collaboration to DHIS2 communities around the region as well as internationally.

Achala Jayatilleke

HISP Sri Lanka
DHIS2 implementer and a trainer with expertise in medical, public health and ICT domains.

Pamod Amarakoon

HISP Sri Lanka
DHIS2 implementer and a trainer with expertise in medical, public health and ICT domains. He is involved with several DHIS2 related projects locally and internationally. Served as a DHIS2 trainer in several international academies.

Priyanga Senanayake

HISP Sri Lanka
DHIS2 implementer and a trainer with expertise in medical, public health and ICT domains.

Pramil Liyanage

HISP Sri Lanka
DHIS2 implementer and a trainer with expertise in medical, public health and ICT domains.


Registration Options

$ 1650
  • DHIS2 Analytics Tools Academy
  • Single Accommodation with
    breakfast and dinner

    03 - 10 March 2019
  • Training materials
  • Lunch breaks
  • Two tea breaks per day
  • Social Event
  • Airport transfer
$ 1500
  • DHIS2 Analytics Tools Academy
  • Sharing Accommodation with
    breakfast and dinner

    03 - 10 March 2019
  • Training materials
  • Lunch breaks
  • Two tea breaks per day
  • Social Event
  • Airport transfer
$ 800
  • DHIS2 Analytics Tools Academy
    without accommodation
  • Training materials
  • Lunch breaks
  • Two tea breaks per day
  • Social Event

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

Travel and Visa


SriLankan Airlines is the national flagship carrier operating to and from Colombo-Bandaranayake International Airport. The airlines that fly to Colombo are listed here: www.airport.lk/flight_info/list_of_airlines.php With increased air service to Sri Lanka from Europe, the Middle East and Asia, there are many competitive airfares available.

Airport Transfers

By using training package with accommodation option, you will be offered round-trip airport transfer to/from the venue. Kindly email your flight information to academy@hisp.lk so we can arrange the pickup for you. There are several taxi companies offering a fixed fare transportatio area. Uber and PickMe are app based taxi hailing services in Sri Lanka. One way rate is around $25.


Visitors to Sri Lanka from many countries can obtain visa on arrival after obtaining electronic travel authorization at http://eta.gov.lk/slvisa/ where the applications are approved usually within 24 hours.

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


Marino Beach Colombo: Across from a railway along the sea, this contemporary hotel is located 5km from the Colombo city center. The Marino Beach Colombo Hotel is similar to Bay Sands Singapore and also has Sri Lanka’s largest roof top infinity swimming pool and a large garden with an entertainment area. The hotel which would offer 289 rooms including two suites. The Marino Mall has four floors of retails stores. In addition the 12 storeyed building with a three basement car park which could park 350 vehicles also has two large conference facilities which could accommodate over 1,000 guests.

Accommodation and Facilities at Marino Beach Colombo, the DHIS2 Academy Venue

By using traning package with accommodation option for “DHIS2 Analytics Tools Academy, Level 1”, you will be offered a room (single/twin) for 7 nights (check in 03 March 2019, check out 10 March 2019) at Marino Beach Colombo. Relaxed rooms feature balconies, glass-enclosed bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and minibars, plus smart TVs, safes, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms have sea views. The 1- and 2-bedroom suites add separate living and dining space. There’s a rooftop garden and terrace with an infinity pool and a hot tub overlooking the sea, as well as a gym. Room service is available 24/7.

Leisure and Attractions

Sri Lanka has been named the top destination to visit in 2019 by the Lonely Planet. Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. Visit Sri Lanka Tourism website to plan your trip.

Time zone

UTC +5:30


The climate is tropical and warm. Mean temperatures range from 17 °C (62.6 °F) in the central highlands, where frost may occur for several days in the winter, to a maximum of 33 °C (91.4 °F) in other low-altitude areas. Check the lastest weather forecast for March in Colombo on AccuWeather


Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) - exchange rate as of Dec 2018: 1 USD = 177 LKR

Banking and ATM

ATMs are located in many places (especially at bank branches) in the cities and suburbs, less so in the countryside. You can withdraw from debit cards too (Cirrus, Maestro, Visa Electron etc.) where the logos are displayed. There are coins for 1 rupee, 2 rupees, 5 rupees and 10 rupees. Banknotes ranging from LKR 20 - 5000.

VISA and MASTERCARD are the most widely accepted. 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. Bear in mind that some places apply a surcharge for credit card purchases. Check the percentage charged before you pay.

Official language

The Sinhala and Tamil languages are both Official and National Languages in Sri Lanka while English is the Link Language.


230 - 240 volts, 50 cycles AC. Power sockets are of type D, M and G.


Making liberal use of local fruit, such as coconut and jackfruit, seafood and an arsenal of spices, Sri Lankan cooking delivers an abundance of incredible dishes. The food is very cheap generally, with a cheap meal costing about a dollar. The staple food of Sri Lankans is rice and curry – a mound of rice surrounded by various curries and delicacies. Other food that you should try are String Hoppers, Hoppers, Pittu and Kiribath. There are a number of regional variations though different types of hoppers, devilled prawns/cuttlefish/chicken/etc. and the common fiery addition to any curry, pol sambol made of grated coconut, red chilli powder and lime juice. Sri Lankan food is generally spicy. But you can always ask for less spicy options when you are ordering your food.

Kottu Roti , a medley of chopped roti, vegetables and your choice of meat is a must-have for anyone in Sri Lanka. It is uniquely Sri Lankan and tastes best when made fresh by street vendors. Street eateries that offer kottu can be identified by the loud rhythm of knives working hard and fast on steel tops – a skill in its own right – chopping up the roti fine and combining all the ingredients.


Laptop: The participants are expected to bring his/her own laptops.
Internet: All hotels have wireless connections, which are free.

Contact Us

Should you have additional questions about the DHIS2 Academy in Sri Lanka, please contact the DHIS2 Academy team at colombo2019@dhis2.org

Marino Beach Colombo
590 Marine Drive, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka.

+94 71 754 8250

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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.

Invitation Letter

Participants requiring an official invitation letter from the Academy Organisers can request one by email. Participants must first register to the Academy.


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 aliceal@ifi.uio.no.

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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