The NDOH Data Dictionary

The National Department of Health Data Dictionary provides a reference point for selected health information standards to support health care activities within South Africa.It has been developed to support the District Health Management Information Systems (DHMIS) policy in South Africa, and specifically to facilitate data exchange between electronic systems used to support the DHMIS policy.The Data Dictionary provides the most up-to-date version of data set specifications (specifically, data elements, indicators, and data validation rules) and the organisational unit hierarchies.

The National Data Dictionary and its Use

A data dictionary, or metadata repository, as defined in the IBM Dictionary of Computing, is a "centralized repository of information about data such as meaning, relationships to other data, origin, usage, and format". The term may have one of several closely related meanings pertaining to databases and database management systems (DBMS):

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The S.A NDOH data dictionary has been arranged according to the nationally used DHIS 1.4 data files. Kindly choose from the drop down list above the data file you would like to view.