DHIS2 Server Administration Academy, Level 2


University of Oslo and HISP Tanzania are pleased to announce the upcoming DHIS2 Server Administration Academy, Level 2 to be held on 29 April - 3 May at the Regency Park Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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DHIS2 Server Administration Academy, Level 2

The Server Administration Academy will focus on the range of skills and possible approaches required to install and maintain the DHIS2 software in a variety of country settings.

Major themes of the Academy include:

  1. A brief but detailed refresher on essential aspects of linux server administration, including the use of ssh for access, understanding unix fundamentals of filesystems, processes, networking and devices as well as basic interaction with the bash shell. Note that all practical work will be done on the Ubuntu server linux distribution.
  2. An overview of the architecture of the DHIS2 application and its depenedencies and ways in which it can be installed.
  3. An overview of various logging, monitoring and alerting tools.
  4. Security. Participants will be sensitized to ongoing security concerns, particularly as they relate to personal data, for example in DHIS2 tracker. Much of the current thinking in this area is evolving within the DHIS2 community and also quite specific to different contexts of use. There is no one size fits all, but participants will come away with the essential concepts to define their own security management plan as well as a practical exposure to a range of technical tools and standards related to the secure deployment of systems.
  5. Crystal ball gazing to 2019 and beyond. Some discussion on expected “next-generation” features of DHIS2 and their implications for server administration.

The Academy is designed to meet the requirements of a broad audience and there are clear restrictions in scope. In particular we will not be addressing issues of hardware management, nor particular virtualization platforms.

It is expected that there will be a broad range of abilities and experience amongst the attendees. We hope as a small group, that we can use this diversity to our advantage as we learn together in a collaborative manner.

Skilled system administrators take many years developing and refining their craft. The range of skills required is broad and ever changing. A five day Academy is not a short cut to proficiency. But at the end of the Academy, participants should emerge with a much better idea of what the job is about and also forged some human bonds that they might continue the lifelong learning process within a community of practice.

Participants Selection

The number of participants is kept to a reasonably small number (< 25) to ensure that:

  1. the programme can flexibly respond to the actual needs of those who are there; and
  2. it is possible to do significant and realistic practical exercises.

So please provide a good motivation in the form as the registration may be competitive.

The training will be very technical and specialized. If you are not involved in this type of back-end work then it will not likely be appropriate for you as "general" training.

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DHIS2 Academy is a great way of sharing experiences from the countries in the region. Academy trainers are highly recognised experts within global HISP community with vast knowledge and expertise on DHIS2 and public health domain.

Bob Joliffe

Bob has over 30 years’ experience working with information systems in Africa, including the past 10 years with the global HISP project. His particular areas of technical interest are security, architecture, interoperability and standards. He is passionate about strengthening the capability of the public sector within countries to better appropriate their health information systems. The development of the level 2 Server Administration Academy is strongly linked to this aim. Alongside working as an implementation engineer for the HISP project, Bob is also a member of the openMRS advisory council and the openHIE architecture review board. He also represents UIO on technical committees in standards for a such as the IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise).

Steven Uggowitzer

Steven has over twenty years experience in engineering internet technology, information and management systems; and over 15 years of international experience in public health and global health related information systems, deploying mission critical tools in large enterprise environments; and ICT support to health technical programmes at global, regional and country level. Steven is currently focused on interoperability and systems architectures based around DHIS2.


The Academy fees are USD 780 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

The largest airport in Tanzania is Julius Nyerere International Airport and is the single air gate to the international community. The main airlines operating in Tanzania are Air Excel, Air Tanzania, Coastal Aviation, Fastjet, Precision Air, Regional Air services, Safari plus and Zanair. A lot of international airlines fly to Julius Nyerere international airport from various destinations in the globe.

Immigration and visa info.

Travelling to Tanzania requires Visa from Tanzanian Diplomatic Missions of your Country of residence or where there’s not a traveler sent a request for an entry facility on line, which will be used to obtain a visa on any official point of entry in Tanzania. Single entry tourist visa costs $50. Participants from EAC and SADC countries will not require Visa to enter Tanzania.

Airport Transfers/Shuttle

Airport Taxis (you can ask from airport officials for directions) are available at the airport to various Hotel destinations in Dar es salaam Town at an average fare of about $40.

VERY IMPORTANT: Some countries' nationals require special clearance from the Commissioner General of Immigration or the Commissioner of Immigration prior to issuance of the Visa. These countries fall under the Referral Visa Category. Full list is available on http://www.immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/services/visa-information

If you hold a passport from one of the countries included in the list, kindly send a copy of your passport and your port of entry.


Step 1: You would need a referral visa. The referral visa is an official letter delivered by the Tanzanian immigration Office before your trip to Dar es Salaam. It takes at least 3 weeks to get the letter.

Step 2: Once you get this official referral visa, you will present it at the customs on your arrival in Dar es Salaam. Customs will then deliver the visa on arrival.

Our co-host, HISP Tanzania, is in charge of making the arrangements to get the referral visa. Therefore, once you receive your acceptance letter, kindly send a copy of your passport and your port of entry.

You are invited to send these information only once you have an acceptance letter.


Regency Park Hotel: Located in the heart of the posh Mikocheni Estate on old Bagamoyo Road, 30 minutes only from Julius Nyerere International Airport, the Regency Park Hotel is within close proximity to Dar Es Salaam most vibrant and thriving world class shopping malls and arcades, MayFair Plaza, Shoppers Plaza, Mlimani City Mall, Slipway, to mention a few..

70 finely furnished deluxe rooms and 2 luxury Ocean view suites with view of Msasani Bay, 2 restaurants, pool bar, swimming pool, studio gym, spa & beauty saloon make of our establishment a crown jewel of hospitality in the busy Dar Es Salaam.


We are happy to confirm that an exclusive discount rate of USD, 55 per night at the Regency Park Hotel. This rate includes; free WiFi, bed and breakfast.
Please use the following contact details for your booking:
Name: Halima Msangi
Contact: +255685-952533 OR +255712-665557
Email: reservations@regencyparkhotel.co.tz
Website: https://www.regencyparkhotel.co.tz

Health care

It is a requirement to have been vaccinated against yellow fever 21 days upon arrival into the country, this will be verified at the airport with yellow fever vaccination card.

Health care in Tanzania is available depending on one's income and accessibility. People in urban areas have better access to private and public medical facilities. Insurance has only in recent years been introduced whereas pension schemes have been around longer but the limitations of either are vast and not attending to the needs of majority of Tanzanians.

Health Facility nearby is Rabininsia Memorial Hospital, which has IAA Insurance scheme and many other local and international recognized medical insurance.

Banking and ATM

Tanzania has many bank service operators and most of them accept international cards and provide Money transfer services. The preferred banks are Access Bank, Akiba Commercial Bank, Bank of Africa, Bank of India, Barclays, Bank ABC, Bank M, Ecobank, KCB Bank, Equity Bank, Citi Bank, CRDB Bank, Commercial Bank of Africa, Diamond Trust Bank, Exim Bank, International Commercial Bank, International Microfinance Bank, National Bank of Commerce, Nic Bank Tanzania, Peoples Bank of Zanzibar, Stanbic Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, United Bank of Africa and you can find them in Dar es salaam. With your VISA card you can withdraw money on ATM machines or get bank services from a bank officer with MasterCard or VISA card.

Leisure and Attractions

There are plenty of white sand beaches to visit, most of them are open to the public. At a fee you can also visit the Bongoyo or Mbudya Islands, motor boat ride would take about 30 minutes to the islands. Find more attractions here https://www.lonelyplanet.com/tanzania/dar-es-salaam/attractions/a/poi-sig/355642

The nightlife is also in Dar es Salaam is very active with upscale places to hang out in Oyster Bay, Masaki such as Next Door, Samaki Samaki, George and Dragons etc. On a low scale, one can go to Posta area and Coco Beach.

Time zone

GMT + 03:00


Tanzanian Shillings

Official language

Swahili and English


Type G British BS-1363 Type D Indian BS-546 5amp 220-240 Volts AC.

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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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