Codes are an extremely important part of the iSIKHNAS system because they make SMS messages short and fast to write. They also ensure that the data is correct and standardised. Codes help users to be disciplined about the data they submit and this, in turn, makes sure the data is used and managed efficiently by the system. The system has evolved over time and users are less reliant on SMS because they are able to move to Instant messaging and Apps.
The codes have been developed with the help of many people, over a long period of time so that they can be as accurate and useful as possible. As the iSIKHNAS system grows and develops, some of these codes may change and new codes may be added but these changes will probably be small and infrequent. Registered users can access the most up to date codes from their telephone.
Location coding is very carefully managed and kept up to date by the local district themselves. Every person and animal in the system is registered to a particular village location. This geographical information allows the system to geolocate all events, cases, and activities and gives enormous power to the data.
To learn how these codes work, please visit the iSIKHNAS Wiki.