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Using Mobile Phones to Collect
 End Line Evaluation Data for
 the Essential Drug Logistics
    System Pilot in Zambia
    ...
Background

• Zambian MoH has invested substantial funds in the
  public sector drug system
   – Health centres continue t...
Goal of the Pilot
   Test two different logistics system models to select one (or a
 combination/variation) that can be ro...
The Pilot Models
System A                       System B
  • District Store               • District Store
  remains as   ...
16 Pilot Districts and 8 Control Districts
Essential Drug Logistics System Pilot
Evaluation
• Facilities in pilot and control districts evaluated at
  baseline and e...
Methodology

• Mobile phones used to collect data, including:
   –   Stock status at facility
   –   Storage conditions at...
Lessons Learned

• Final results presented 5 days after last facility visit
   – Previous evaluations took a month to pres...
Lessons Learned
• Preliminary data analysis
  ongoing throughout
  evaluation
• Technology works best
  when mobile phone
...
Conclusions
• Mobile phone technology for data collection is
  appropriate when conducting health facility level
  surveys...
Thank you!
Using Mobile Phones to Collect End Line Evaluation Data for the Essential Drug Logistics System Pilot in Zambia: Dr Arturo...
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Using Mobile Phones to Collect End Line Evaluation Data for the Essential Drug Logistics System Pilot in Zambia: Dr Arturo Sanabria/Wendy Nicodemus

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Using Mobile Phones to Collect End Line Evaluation Data for the Essential Drug Logistics System Pilot in Zambia: Dr Arturo Sanabria/Wendy Nicodemus

  1. 1. Using Mobile Phones to Collect End Line Evaluation Data for the Essential Drug Logistics System Pilot in Zambia Dr. Arturo Sanabria Wendy Nicodemus
  2. 2. Background • Zambian MoH has invested substantial funds in the public sector drug system – Health centres continue to have difficulty accessing these drugs and medical supplies • MoH and key partners proposed a pilot project to improve drug availability at health centres and hospitals across Zambia
  3. 3. Goal of the Pilot Test two different logistics system models to select one (or a combination/variation) that can be rolled out nationally, in order to significantly improve the availability of key essential drugs at service delivery sites
  4. 4. The Pilot Models System A System B • District Store • District Store remains as converted to cross- stockholding point docking point VS • Districts submit • Districts submit consolidated orders individual orders for every month and each facility and receive consolidated receive goods packed deliveries from MSL for individual facilities
  5. 5. 16 Pilot Districts and 8 Control Districts
  6. 6. Essential Drug Logistics System Pilot Evaluation • Facilities in pilot and control districts evaluated at baseline and endline to determine impact • Endline evaluation used mobile phones to collect data at 259 health facilities and district health offices in 16 pilot districts and 8 control districts
  7. 7. Methodology • Mobile phones used to collect data, including: – Stock status at facility – Storage conditions at facility – Order fulfillment rate – Impact of training in logistics management • Data from mobile phones sent to EpiSurveyor (www.episurveyor.org) for aggregation • Data shared via the website to all partners involved
  8. 8. Lessons Learned • Final results presented 5 days after last facility visit – Previous evaluations took a month to present final results • Mobile phone use requires detail-oriented data management reviewing the online database regularly – Requires continuous review of data – Need IT support to address any bugs with the mobile phones
  9. 9. Lessons Learned • Preliminary data analysis ongoing throughout evaluation • Technology works best when mobile phone network is strong and can be transmitted to server immediately – When no mobile network, data sent to server at a later point negating benefit of real- time data review
  10. 10. Conclusions • Mobile phone technology for data collection is appropriate when conducting health facility level surveys. • The technology is user-friendly and easy to train. • This technology is not necessarily the appropriate tool for routine site-level data collection as it requires a reliable mobile network.
  11. 11. Thank you!

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