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Thursday, September 5 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Data Approaches in Hard-to-Reach Places

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Using technology in remote, rural areas is advancing global health, but still comes with challenges. During this session Medic Mobile is teaming up with Vitamin Angels to discuss examples of community level mobile data collection tools and how to make data relevant, timely and useful for community health workers and rural organizations.

First, Medic Mobile will discuss how the use of a customized app by Community Health workers (CHWs) has played a significant role on how they deliver services in the community. Technology, especially mobile technology has been seen as a key towards real time data gathering to support timely decision making. The Medic Mobile (MM) App supports CHWs daily decision making through tasks, reminders, and the ability to access information on the go, regardless of connectivity. MM believes data can improve quality of service for CHWs. However, currently, some of this data is known to be unusable due to various issues. On-the-ground limitations impact how often CHW’s data is uploaded, with up to 20% of CHWs not submitting their data on a monthly basis. Although a CHW’s individual data may be current, supervisors and programme managers can’t access that information until synchronized. The result is that they may make programmatic decisions based on incomplete or outdated information, hampering the ability to respond to challenges. Thus, data timeliness presents a unique challenge to others who may wish to do work in similar contexts.

Then, Vitamin Angels (VA) will share how the use of technology has allowed the expansion of their monitoring system in 20 countries, with 30 monitors routinely sending data on partner organizations serving hard-to-reach beneficiaries. VA utilizes ONA plus ODK Collect tools to collect and store data on mobile devices; and R to manage and analyze data. Although these technologies have allowed VA to greatly expand its own use of the data, making results accessible to its partners in a timely and meaningful way has proved difficult. VA will discuss different mechanisms that have been piloted for sharing real-time data and tools for performance improvement, including the use of ONA to create basic result summaries and a job aid.

Speakers
avatar for Mourice Barasa Wafula

Mourice Barasa Wafula

Impact Lead, Medic Mobile
Mourice Barasa Wafula works as the Impact Lead for Medic Mobile based at the Africa Regional Office in Nairobi. He has a keen interest in evidence based decision making and the use of technology to improve data availability and timeliness to support real-time decision making. Mourice... Read More →
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Amanda Yembrick

Director of Impact, Medic Mobile
Amanda is Medic Mobile's Director of Impact. She is passionate about leveraging data to design and scale technologies and workflows that have increasingly greater impact in the communities in which Medic works. Amanda leads the impact team who is responsible for the organizations... Read More →
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Samantha Serrano

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Vitamin Angels
Samantha Serrano is the Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist at Vitamin Angels. She has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health with a background in community-based participatory research, program development... Read More →
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Jamie Frederick

Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, Vitamin Angels
Jamie Frederick is the Monitoring & Evaluation Manager at Vitamin Angels and has worked with VA for about 4 years. She earned her Master of Social Work and Public Health degrees (MSW/MPH) from Boston University, and her BA from University of Dayton in Communication Journalism. Before... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Balcony D FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave, 8th Floor, Washington, DC
  • session type Participatory Session

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