Innovation and Integration: How mHealth Can Strengthen the Work of CHWs_Sarah Shannon

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  • Why we decided to go digital/ mobileReach more peopleKeep things up to dateFacilitate adaptation
  • Challenges of moving from print to screenSmaller unit of informationGetting what’s important seenGetting good user dataPros of moving from print to screenMore of an interactive experienceCross referencing
  • To learn more about how to make content accessible for CHWs in a presentation that works for mHealth, Hesperian developed a pilot app – Safe Pregnancy and Birth.Link to online simulator of Hesperian’s award-winning safe pregnancy and birth app. It’s been downloaded over 70,000 times in 170 countries so far. Available to run on iPhone and any Android platform. It’s now available in English and Spanish. French and 5 Indian language translations underway. We’re hoping to make it available for feature phones (such as Nokia) in the coming year.
  • An overview of our processThe team: content folks, designer, programmers. Volunteers!Choosing contentOur books make it easy and access via the HealthWiki and Image Library make it even easier“Chunking” the information- field testNavigation- field testUI/ design of the app- field testNew things for the small screenicons
  • Our new mobile app and digital commons represent an exciting step forward for Hesperian, as we work to connect 40 years of experience developing empowering health materials in collaboration with communities around the world with new technologies that are quickly expanding our ability to share and adapt life-saving health information for those who need it most, in whatever form is most usable to them.


  • 1. Innovation andIntegration: HowmHealth canstrengthen thework of CHWsApril 25, 2013CORE Group SpringMeeting 2013mHealth Session
  • 2. Hesperian Health GuidesHesperian books have been translated into over 80languages, and are used in 221 countries.
  • 3. Hesperian’smHealth perspectiveSupporting and empowering Community HealthWorkers with accessible and trusted healthinformation
  • 4. How do we go from this…Challenges of Moving fromPrint to a Small Screento this?
  • 5. Safe Pregnancy and Birthapp
  • 6. Draft content (in PowerPoint)Advisors review contentRevisions to contentRevisions to navigationand designField test #1(navigation and design)Build the appField test #2(clarity of language)Final revisionsLaunchAppDevelopmentProcess
  • 7. HealthWiki
  • 8. Image Library