DHIS2 Server Administration Academy
Level 2


University of Oslo and HISP Rwanda are delighted to announce
the Level 2 Academy on Server Administration
to be held from 27 to 30 March 2023
at the Sainte Famille Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda.

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The performance and stability of your DHIS2 system depends in large part on your server configuration. During this Academy you will develop a range of skills and gain knowledge of possible approaches required to install and maintain the DHIS2 software in a variety of country settings.

The course facilitators will share best practices and real-world experiences, and guide you through practical exercises to help optimize your server configuration. Note: All practical work will be done on the Ubuntu server linux distribution.

Themes of this Academy include:
  • Essentials of linux server administration, including use of ssh for access and unix fundamentals
  • Overview of DHIS2 architecture, including its dependencies and installation options
  • Overview of various logging, monitoring and alerting tools
  • Overview of security concerns, concepts, standards, and technical tools (including special concerns for personal data in Tracker programs)
  • Discussions on “next-generation” features of DHIS2 and their implications for server administration
This 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.

Skilled system administrators take many years developing and refining their craft. The range of skills required is broad and ever changing. At the end of the workshop, participants should emerge with a much better idea of what the job is about.

This Academy is not meant to be an introduction to Linux;
  • Basic familiarity with Ubuntu Linux operating systems
  • Basic familiarity with the use of ssh with keys
  • Being involved in DHIS2 system administration
Participations' requirements:
  • Have a laptop with ssh installed
Kindly note that we will provide to each pair of participants a virtual server environment as well as an internet connection.

Registration fees:
Registration fees are USD780 (VAT incl.) and include:
  • Training material
  • Daily tea & coffee breaks
  • Daily lunch breaks
We will be also hosting a Level 2 Integration Academy on 22-25 March at the same venue, the Sainte Famille Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda. If you wish to seize the opportunity to also register to this Academy, do not hesitate to visit https://dhis2.org/academy/level-2/.


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 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).

Tito Kipkurgat



Sainte Famille Hotel is a 3-star hotel located in the city centre, with luxurious services of 5-star hotels. The hotel offers a warm welcome to all guests and aim to help them maximize their leisure during their stay.

It is conveniently located in the City Centre Roundabout, which means access to everything needed in town within a walkable distance.


Accommodation at the Sainte Famille Hotel (the venue)

We are happy to confirm that an exclusive discount rate of USD 90 per night including; Free Airport Pickup, free WiFi, bed and breakfast, Swimming, and water in the room has been negotiated at the Sainte Famille Hotel.

Please use the following contact details for your booking:
Email address: saintefamillehotels@gmail.com
Tel: +250781205332
Address: KN 1 ST 1, KIGALI
Contact person: +250786300649

Other hotels nearby
Hill View Hotel
Daily rate incl. breakfast: 60,000Rwf- 60$
Contact: hillviewrwanda@gmail.com
Walking distance from the Sainte Famille hotel: 3 min

Onomo Hotel
Daily rate incl. breakfast: 90,000 Rwf - 85$
Contact: reservations.kigali@onomohotel.com
Walking distance from the Sainte Famille hotel: 18 min

Heaven Restaurant & Boutique Hotel
Daily rate incl. breakfast: 89,800 Rwf - 85$
Contact: reservations@galaxyhotel.rw
Walking distance from the Sainte Famille hotel: 5 min

Travel and Visas

Airport and airlines

From 1 Jan 2018, Citizens of all countries are allowed to get a visa upon arrival without prior application.

Citizens of all countries that are not visa exempt have also the option to submit an application online or at the Rwanda Diplomatic Missions of the country of residence before departure. Those applying online have the option to pay online or upon arrival. There is no single affiliated Agent that is authorized to apply for a visa on your behalf. Such Agents may mislead you and charge more than the required visa fees.

The visa fees must not exceed 50 USD for a single entry visa. Visit the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration offices website for more details: https://www.migration.gov.rw

Visitors to Rwanda from many countries worldwide can obtain a visa on arrival at Kigali International Airport and all land borders. Visit the Official website of Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration offices for more details: https://www.migration.gov.rw

Airport Transfers/Shuttle

Airport Taxis are available at the airport parking to various Hotel destinations in Kigali Town at an average fare of about $30. If you will be staying at Sainte Famille Hotel during the academy, please share your arrival details with the hotel address mentioned above as they normally offer free Airport pickups to the occupants. In case you need any other assistance, don't hesitate to contact us at integration2023@dhis2.org


The event organizers will issue support letters, if required, only to those delegates who have registered for the Integration Academy and got accepted to participate.

Time zone

UTC + 2:00


It’s currently the short rain season which started at the end of February and is expected to end in April . The average Temperature is 26.9 °C and 5 hours of sunshine.


Rwandan Francs (RWF)

Official language

Kinyarwanda, French, English, and Swahili


In Rwanda the power plugs and sockets are of type C and J.The standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Rwanda, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Otherwise you need a voltage converter.

Banking and ATM

Kigali is the Capital City, ATMs are easily available almost every 100 meters. All ATMs accept all major cards, including Visa, Master and Maestro cards. These ATMs are open 24 hours a day and always protected with armed security guards.


Yellow fever vaccine is required to visit Rwanda

Leisure and Attractions

There are plenty of sites and venues to visit in Kigali, most of them are open to the public. Feel free to browse one the following website to find more attractions hints: http://gokigalitours.com/ and https://kigalicitytour.rw/

Contact Us

Should you have additional questions about the DHIS2 Academy, please contact the DHIS2 Academy team at serveradmin2023@dhis2.org

+250 784 506 828

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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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