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    Conceptualising innovative mobile Learning Solutions for the Health Sector in Tanzania Conceptualising innovative mobile Learning Solutions for the Health Sector in Tanzania Presentation Transcript

    • Conceptualising innovative mobile Learning Solutions for the Health Sector in Tanzania Arndt Bubenzer common sense – eLearning & training consultants Ltd. Dennis Mazali Muhimbili University, School of Hygiene, Dar es Salaam
    • Background & History of the Project
      • Tanzania and eLearning Africa Accra
      • Discussions with many organisations facing the need to reach a wider audience with available technology
      • “ Saving Life at Birth” – USAID funding line for maternity related issues demanding public awareness building, changes of attitude and information
    • The Tanzania Situation
      • Acsess to Maternal Health Services and Hospitals Interrnationally agreed ratio for nurses to patient: 1:6, in Tanzania 1:50
      • Maternal Mortaliy In Japan 6:100,000; in Tanzania 454 in 100,000, contributing to 2.3% of total mortality
      • Death at birth and in young children 120 newborns and 450 children under 5 die every day
    • Tanzania and International Health Sector Initiatives
      • ICT Contribution to health sector
      • Health Policy: Access to Health Services
      • MDG Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health
      • New UN Organization launched in March 2011: UN-Women Goal: Eliminating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, empowerment of women
      • Promotion of Clean Delivery by Traditional Birth Attendants
    • Mobile Learning: but how?
      • Use of GSM cellphone technology, because
      • it‘s…
      • the most available communication technology in developing and threshold countries
      • easy to use (low barrier threshold)
      • - easily accessable
      •  any time, any place learning for anybody
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    • Restrictions of Mobile Learning
      • Diverse phone models in use
      • wide distribution of old and simple models
      • high cost for data transmission
      • restricted bandwidth in many areas
      • small displays and inconvenient typing
      •  Need for a common sense solution
    • Contribution to Improvement of the TZ Situation: I-Call
      • Allowing access to:
      • Community: Mothers before and after giving birth, grassroots level
      • Educators/Multiplicators : Midwifes, local health care workers, TBA
      • Specialists: Doctors, clinics, etc.
    • I-Call Functionality
    • mobile Learning by Storytelling / Community Level
      • Storytelling as an attractive format
      • Affective learning goals:
        • Awareness raising
        • Change of Attitude
        • Behaviour Change
        • Experience of decision consequences
      • Relating to traditional learning cultures
      • Idependence from phone models
      • Suitable for illiterates
    • An oral storytelling approach for mobile learning Interactive decision mazes
    • Gold from Garbage An interactive Audio Soap Objective: understanding possibilities of waste separation, recycling, and recognizing the value of waste Content: Two household helps in an East African household discover the value of waste through separation and selling of recyclables www.common-sense.at/i-call or +2 25 420 360 2600
    • Application for the Health Sector All three levels allow wide access to target groups in need of environmental education and training. On the community level, I-Call can promote behaviour and attitude change, for example in the fields of hygiene, nutrition, or healthy practices and provide simple access to live councellors.
    • Application for the Health Sector On the Educator level, I-Call can provide information to midwives and traditional birth attendants on issues of clean delivery, risk factors, importance of visits to clinics and reminders through sms or scheduled phone reminders.
    • Application for the Health Sector On the Specialist Level, I-Call can support doctors in communication with midwifes, identifying those who are at risk and offering timely support to midwifes and other healthcare workers who are close to pregnant women.
    • Thank you! Contact: Arndt Bubenzer common sense – eLearning & training consultants Vienna, Austria a.bubenzer@common-sense.at Contact: Dennis Mazali Muhimbili University, School of Hygiene Dar es Salaam, Tanzania [email_address]