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Isaac Holeman, Field Director at FrontlineSMS:Medic contact: isaac@medic.frontlinesms.com  web: http://medic.frontlinesms....
Addressing rural infrastructure challenges
Community health workers build bridges between clinics and communities, but are often just as disconnected as the patients...
World’s fastest growing piece of rural infrastructure
Market Penetration
Market Penetration
Focus on technology and human resources that are proven by local markets and client demand
FrontlineSMS is the oldest and most widely used text messaging platform designed for grass roots NGOs.  It serves nonprofi...
Free software for a laptop or desktop computer
GSM modem connects computer to mobile network
FrontlineSMS: a laptop and a cell  phone become a communication hub
Training: start with basics
Pilot group: 75 health workers managed by a nurse who had never used a computer before
Impact in six months: 1. Saved $3,000 in motorcycle fuel 2. Saved 2,000 staff hours.  3. Increased volunteer enthusiasm & ...
Neno District - Ministry of  Health and Partners in Health “ Every Monday, Dyson Likoma, APZU data manager, generates a re...
Solar phone chargers
Machinga District - Ministry of Health  and Clinton Health Access Initiative
Decentralizing Hubs to health centers
Management Sciences for Health Basics and Family Planning Programs 4 Forms 10 Districts 500 HSAs Two Month Lag in Reporting
HSAs enter data into forms on Java enabled phones
Forms sent via SMS to district hubs, then  uploaded to the Internet for offices in Lilongwe
Digital maps can replace paper-based  tracking of disease burden & health services
stopstockouts.org mapped medicine stockouts
What Next?
Isaac Holeman, Field Director at FrontlineSMS:Medic contact: isaac@medic.frontlinesms.com web: http://medic.frontlinesms.c...
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FrontlineSMS Update for Malawi's Ministry of Health Data Standards Meeting

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On Thursday, February 4th, I had the fortunate opportunity to present at a National Data Standards Meeting, convened at the Cresta Hotel in Lilongwe by Chris Moyo of the Central Monitoring and Evaluation Division of Malawi's Ministry of Health. These slides offer a brief overview of FrontlineSMS:Medic's evolution in Malawi, the current work that has kept me busy for the last six months, a few lessons learned, and some of our vision and strategy for the future.

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FrontlineSMS Update for Malawi's Ministry of Health Data Standards Meeting

  1. 1. Isaac Holeman, Field Director at FrontlineSMS:Medic contact: isaac@medic.frontlinesms.com web: http://medic.frontlinesms.com Malawi phone: 265-99-364-3347
  2. 2. Addressing rural infrastructure challenges
  3. 3. Community health workers build bridges between clinics and communities, but are often just as disconnected as the patients they serve
  4. 4. World’s fastest growing piece of rural infrastructure
  5. 5. Market Penetration
  6. 6. Market Penetration
  7. 7. Focus on technology and human resources that are proven by local markets and client demand
  8. 8. FrontlineSMS is the oldest and most widely used text messaging platform designed for grass roots NGOs. It serves nonprofits and governments for purposes ranging from health care to elections monitoring.
  9. 9. Free software for a laptop or desktop computer
  10. 10. GSM modem connects computer to mobile network
  11. 11. FrontlineSMS: a laptop and a cell phone become a communication hub
  12. 12. Training: start with basics
  13. 13. Pilot group: 75 health workers managed by a nurse who had never used a computer before
  14. 14. Impact in six months: 1. Saved $3,000 in motorcycle fuel 2. Saved 2,000 staff hours. 3. Increased volunteer enthusiasm & volume of referrals
  15. 15. Neno District - Ministry of Health and Partners in Health “ Every Monday, Dyson Likoma, APZU data manager, generates a report with a list of patients. The report is checked for accuracy and then text messages are sent to the VHWs responsible for the patients needing follow-up. The VHWs then visit their patients and send a text message response with their patients’ status, typically within 24 hours.” source: www.pih.org
  16. 16. Solar phone chargers
  17. 17. Machinga District - Ministry of Health and Clinton Health Access Initiative
  18. 18. Decentralizing Hubs to health centers
  19. 19. Management Sciences for Health Basics and Family Planning Programs 4 Forms 10 Districts 500 HSAs Two Month Lag in Reporting
  20. 20. HSAs enter data into forms on Java enabled phones
  21. 21. Forms sent via SMS to district hubs, then uploaded to the Internet for offices in Lilongwe
  22. 22. Digital maps can replace paper-based tracking of disease burden & health services
  23. 23. stopstockouts.org mapped medicine stockouts
  24. 24. What Next?
  25. 25. Isaac Holeman, Field Director at FrontlineSMS:Medic contact: isaac@medic.frontlinesms.com web: http://medic.frontlinesms.com Malawi phone: 265-99-364-3347 Thank You

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