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Visibility in community health work mediated by mobile health systems: A case of Malawi

The authors assess community health workers’ visibility within a technological space. They argue that  mHealth makes CHW’s work more visible by showing their use of mHealth and data systems in different locations and making their data accessible beyond their direct supervisors.   

A real-time medical cartography of epidemic disease (Nodding syndrome) using village-based lay mHealth reporters

This article describes the feasibility of developing real-time, village-based health surveillance of an epidemic of Nodding syndrome (NS) using software-programmed smartphones operated by minimally trained lay mHealth reporters in northern Uganda. 

Community-based maternal, newborn, and child health surveillance: perceptions and attitudes of local stakeholders towards using mobile phone by village health volunteers in the Kenge Health Zone, Democratic Republic of Congo

This resource presents the results of a post-implementation survey of a 2016 community-based maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) surveillance activity using mobile phones in Kenge Health Zone (KHZ), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The study assessed the perceptions of households, attitudes of community health volunteers, and opinions of nurses and administrative authorities towards the use of mobile phones for MNCH surveillance. 

 

Effectiveness of SMS Technology on Timely Community Health Worker Follow-Up for Childhood Malnutrition: A Retrospective Cohort Study in sub-Saharan Africa

This retrospective cohort study examines whether the use of SMS-based data entry by CHWs is more effective than paper forms in the timely CHW follow-up visits for malnutrition screening in children under-5 in sub-Saharan Africa.

A new era for community health in countries of low and middle income?

How will we address the predicted worldwide shortage of over 14 million health workers by 2030?  At the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland in 2015, a 4-year US$100 million fund supporting Last Mile Health and Living Goods to train 50,000 CHWs in six countries was launched. This commentary details the goals and challenges of such an initiative.

Training community healthcare workers on the use of information and communication technologies: a randomised controlled trial of traditional versus blended learning in Malawi, Africa

This paper examines the feasibility of incorporating distance mLearning (mobile learning) as part of a blended learning program in Malawi. Through questionnaires, CHWs’ knowledge and attitudes towards computers and mobile technology was assessed. The ‘Introduction to Information and Communication Technology and eHealth’ (ICT and eHealth) course was created to compare the effectiveness of traditional and blended learning courses in improving CHW knowledge and attitudes towards computers and mobile technology. CHW satisfaction and experience with the courses was also assessed.

Smartphones for community health in rural Cambodia: A feasibility study [version 1; referees: 1 approved, 2 approved with reservations]

Village Malaria Workers (VMWs) in rural Cambodia play an essential role in surveillance and early treatment of malaria. This study evaluates the feasibility of VMWs using smartphone-based reporting for malaria, and a bespoke Android-powered app.

Cost effectiveness of mHealth intervention by community health workers for reducing maternal and newborn mortality in rural Uttar Pradesh, India

The ReMiNd program, an mHealth intervention developed for use by CHWs to help improve their performance in MNCH service delivery, was implemented in a poor performance district in the state of Uttat Pradesh, India. This study examines the cost-effectiveness of this intervention by evaluating the change in cost per disability adjusted life year (DALY) and cost as a result of ReMiNd as compared to routine care without ReMiNd.

A mobile health technology platform for quality assurance and quality improvement of malaria diagnosis by community health workers

Regular supportive supervision is essential to ensuring CHW performance and service quality in CHW programs and yet it is often difficult to implement, especially at scale, due to logistical and resources constraints. This study evaluates the use of a mobile health technology platform for monitoring malaria RDT testing and improving the quality of malaria diagnosis by CHWs.

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