The global prevalence of diabetes has been rising steadily since the 1980s and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are struggling to manage the epidemic. This article looks at a clinical decision support smartphone app designed to provide support to community health workers in rural Guatemala . The app aids with lay help community health workers manage diabetes among patients.
This study evaluates the impact of a mobile phone (mHealth) monitoring system- RapidSMS on improving access to proven maternal and newborn health interventions. Using an interrupted time series design, the study looks at the effect of the mHealth intervention on antenatal care, health facility delivery and vaccination.
The authors assess community health workers’ visibility within a technological space. They argue that mHealth makes CHW’s work more visible by showing their use of mHealth and data systems in different locations and making their data accessible beyond their direct supervisors.
This article describes the feasibility of developing real-time, village-based health surveillance of an epidemic of Nodding syndrome (NS) using software-programmed smartphones operated by minimally trained lay mHealth reporters in northern Uganda.
This resource presents the results of a post-implementation survey of a 2016 community-based maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) surveillance activity using mobile phones in Kenge Health Zone (KHZ), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The study assessed the perceptions of households, attitudes of community health volunteers, and opinions of nurses and administrative authorities towards the use of mobile phones for MNCH surveillance.
Do mobile technologies help CHWs learn? This article presents the findings of a systematic review, which probed the literature for evidence on the learning benefits of mobile technology in CHW training and education.
This retrospective cohort study examines whether the use of SMS-based data entry by CHWs is more effective than paper forms in the timely CHW follow-up visits for malnutrition screening in children under-5 in sub-Saharan Africa.
How will we address the predicted worldwide shortage of over 14 million health workers by 2030? At the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland in 2015, a 4-year US$100 million fund supporting Last Mile Health and Living Goods to train 50,000 CHWs in six countries was launched. This commentary details the goals and challenges of such an initiative.
This paper examines the feasibility of incorporating distance mLearning (mobile learning) as part of a blended learning program in Malawi. Through questionnaires, CHWs’ knowledge and attitudes towards computers and mobile technology was assessed. The ‘Introduction to Information and Communication Technology and eHealth’ (ICT and eHealth) course was created to compare the effectiveness of traditional and blended learning courses in improving CHW knowledge and attitudes towards computers and mobile technology. CHW satisfaction and experience with the courses was also assessed.
Village Malaria Workers (VMWs) in rural Cambodia play an essential role in surveillance and early treatment of malaria. This study evaluates the feasibility of VMWs using smartphone-based reporting for malaria, and a bespoke Android-powered app.