A job aid tool. This application contains illustrations and audio messages covering need-to-know topics in antenatal care which an ASHA/ Sahiya can use to educated pregnant women in her village, regardless of their level of literacy. A client management interface provides the ASHA/ Sahiya with a list of her clients and the ability to review previously discussed topics, ensuring that nothing is missed. Real-time data submission to a central server allows close monitoring and supervision of the ASHA’s / Sahiya’s work.
What we deliver
Educational content; tracking and reminders for services (antenatal checkups, immunization, etc.); standardized health protocols concerning antenatal, neonatal, postnatal, and child care; client management system for use by CHWs
Whom we deliver
Why is the project unique?
CommCare begins with the illiterate user. It leverages multimedia capabilities of common phones to deliver educational information to anyone, regardless of their level of literacy or education. Audio messages can be recorded in any dialect and easily integrated into the existing application. Its multimedia draws attention and is easily understood. Corresponding with loading and sharing of music and videos for entertainment via mobile phones, prevalent even in rural areas, CommCare follows this trend and uses mobile technology in a familiar and positively accepted way to normal mobile users.
Our global network is one that shares new technologies and the insight and experience to use them in successfully reaching varying populations. Geographical, cultural, and language barriers will exist for a long time to come, so this global network will focus its innovations on technologies like CommCare that are portable across these barriers and easily molded to fit the specific constraints of a target population. Meaningful content and services provided to one group of people may not be meaningful to a different group on the other side of the mountain, but the specific technology and techniques used to convey that content is both (1) effective no matter which side receives it and (2) easily and quickly customizable for either side. Members of this global network in different geographical locations can then, in an effort to distribute timely information en masse, create localized versions of content and services and coordinate to deploy them using globally applicable technology. Through m-Health this global network has already started to develop, with many different organizations over the world working together and sharing technologies for healthcare development. However, constant communication and collaboration between these groups is not implicit, sometimes resulting in duplicated effort and similar technologies being developed in different places at different times. Through this competition, we see market leaders emerge, and can identify those technologies which are the most compatible on a global scale. We pose that free and open source technologies like CommCare are those best suited for widespread use. Such technology is easily modifiable to fit specific needs of organizations and individuals of one global network. Its design inherently assumes localization and customization, making it ideal for target populations of varying cultural and linguistic characteristics. Our global network realizes the importance of knowledge and access to information, one of the primary functions of mobile technology. It strives to create and spread technology that makes information more accessible and digestible by uneducated or illiterate users.
Murari M. Choudhury
Circular Road, Deoghar
URL/Website – www.needsngo.in