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Supporting Community Health Workers

CommCare is a project to help strengthen and monitor community health programs by building mobile tools for Community Health Workers.

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Community Health Workers (CHWs) are often in the best position to provide health education and promote health practices. Commcare works to support CHWs across a range of health issues – here's how it can work in a maternal health scenario: A health worker can use the CommCare application on a mobile phone to quiz women she meets on their knowledge and level of preparedness for childbirth and caring for a newborn. CommCare provides health workers with a list of emergency/danger signs to look for and their respective interventions as well as a safe pregnancy checklist, including a list of suggested practices to ensure a safe delivery. Each prompt allows for a "Yes" or "No" response. Once responses to questions have been recorded, CommCare will display a score and play a message, giving immediate feedback to the soon-to-be mother and helping identify weak points for which the health worker can then provide better education. Information stored on a cell phone can be reviewed during subsequent visits to ensure that all of the right information has gotten across.


Future plans include an online management tool to facilitate localising content by translating text, recording new audio clips in local dialects, uploading new images and illustrations – downloadable onto the customized application on health workers’ phones.


Read more: http://bit.ly/hulL0C

Commcare: http://commcare.cs.washington.edu/

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Sure Avi – thanks for the prod!

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