As the human-centered design (HCD) field develops, it is critical that we also include measurement in the conversation. Pinning down the influence of HCD through measurement can help us to better understand the link between HCD and program impact. With such insight, we can inform and improve the practice, while unpacking how design can enhance public health work.
I am passionate about the innovation that I represented at this forum, but it is very different to these innovations of “things”. Our proposal, partnering with Dimagi, is to replicate an approach JSI implemented and scaled with the Ministry of Health in Malawi and take those lessons to Kenya. While our approach does include innovative use of technology, a simple mHealth supply chain management tool for community health workers, this approach also includes IMPACT teams.
At the February 2015 mHealth Working Group meeting, JSI mHealth Technical Advisor Miquel Sitjar presented an introduction to mobile infrastructure and cellular networks. As mobile approaches to global health are becoming seemingly ubiquitous, it is important to have a working knowledge of the way cellular networks function. This blog post will serve to provide an overview of the components important to the functioning of a cellular network.
On World Pneumonia Day, JSI’s Alexis Heaton explains some of the challenges that remain in preventing and treating pneumonia in children in hard-to-reach areas, and how the SC4CCM project is helping community health workers stay stocked with life-saving pneumonia treatments to provide to infants and children in need.
In a blog written for the UN Foundation’s Global Accelerator, JSI’s Yasmin Chandani explains how cStock, a simple, mobile- and web- based logistics system is helping community health workers in Malawi stay stocked with life-saving under-five medicines that save and improve the lives of children.
The Ministry of Health of Malawi adopted cStock, a community-based logistics management information system developed by the SC4CCM project, for use on a national level. JSI’s Megan Noel, SC4CCM Technical Advisor, explains how the project is monitoring the system’s effectiveness through Routine Data Quality Assessment.
Sierra Leone isn’t renowned for its network connectivity or technology. Only 38% of the population has a mobile phone, and only 1.6% of the population has reliable internet access. Even in resource limited sites, mobile data collection platforms have proven to be smart solutions to ensure high-quality real-time data as long as they’re tailored to local contexts.
In the lead up to the International AIDS Conference, we heard how high level government officials, world-renowned scientists, and activists were all coming together to discuss the future of HIV work. AIDS 2012 was an opportunity for leaders to rally up the troops, brilliant scientists to discuss new results, committed HIV professionals to share best practices, and advocates to discuss their causes.
Mobile health is a hot topic. Youth want to access health information quickly and easily, especially when it comes to HIV. This could be anything from learning what HIV is, to answering a question about how it’s transmitted, to finding an HIV testing site nearby. And youth can (and do!) do this with cell phones. Mindy Nichamin at JSI writes about AIDS.gov’s participation in two recent conferences: Sex::Tech and Mobile Health 2011.