Evelyn Akello is a Social Scientist by profession with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the health sector; with specific focus on Strategic Information and Monitoring and Evaluation. She is the Program Manager of the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) Program at Makerere University School of Public Health. METS provides technical assistance to the Uganda Ministry of Health to establish coordinated and effective national and district systems for management of strategic information for the HIV response.
Through her leadership, she has promoted the use of e-Health platforms such as DHIS2 and OpenMRS. In Uganda, OpenMRS has been customized as UgandaEMR and currently 528 health facilities are using it and the target is to have 1000 health facilities using this system by end of 2021. Efforts are on-going to have DHIS2 and UgandaEMR integrated and this will greatly improve the quality of data capture and reporting by the country. In addition, UgandaEMR Apps to support community reporting are an innovation that the METS program has embarked on!