• Initiatives (181)
  • SMS Education for Maternal and Child Health

    An SMS campaign to educate the community about the availability and benefits of maternal and child health services and to address transportation barriers will use the grant to move from pilot testing of 134,000 to reaching a population of nearly 700,000 in the Tambacounda region of Senegal. These messages are reinforced by a team of community health workers known as Badien Gokh (“community godmothers”) trained by the Senegalese Ministry of Health.

    The mHealth components of the project are incorporated within a broader approach to providing comprehensive maternal and neonatal health services, including face-to-face training, provision of ambulances, rehabilitation of health centers and provision of medical supplies & equipment.

  • SMS for Life

    SMS for Life is an innovative public-private partnership led by Novartis and supported by several partners. The initiative runs under the umbrella of the Global Roll Back Malaria Partnership.

    SMS for Life harnesses everyday technology to improve access to essential malaria medicines in rural areas of developing countries. It uses a combination of mobile phones, SMS messages, the Internet and electronic mapping technology to track weekly stock levels at public health facilities in order to:

    Eliminate stock-outs Increase access to essential medicines Reduce the number of deaths from malaria

    SMS for Life has been rolled out across Tanzania with 5,100 facilities trained and reporting on a weekly basis. Tracking of tuberculosis and leprosy medicines has also been added, funded by the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development.

    The six-month pilot program, which was conducted in three districts in Tanzania, covering 229 villages and a population of 1.2 million people, had impressive results:

    Stock-outs were reduced from 79% to less than 26% in the three districts At the beginning of the pilot, 26% of the facilities had no dose form of the Novartis ACT and by the end, this figure had been cut to less than 1%

    This project was supported by the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, IBM, Medicines for Malaria Venture, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Vodafone and Vodacom.

    In Ghana, following a successful pilot in six districts, sponsored by the Swiss TPH Institute, Novartis is working with the Ghana Health Service on planning a full country scale-up. Further, the system is tracking 28 blood products from the National Blood Transfusion Service and from 10 regional hospitals in the greater Accra region. The online information on availability of blood products has helped reduce child birth mortality.

    In Kenya, where Novartis supported the completion of an extensive pilot, they are working with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) on a plan for a full country scale-up. In Cameroon, in the context of the UN mHealth Alliance, they are collaborating with the Norwegian Development Agency (NORAD) on a full country rollout to track malaria medicines and collect patient surveillance data (3,800 health facilities in 91 districts.

    In an initiative led by the President’s Malaria Initiative and rolled out by Greenmash, SMS for Life is currently being implemented in five provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 1,245 health facilities). Further, the solution is also being used to track bed nets, rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and disease surveillance data, as well as antibiotics, medicines against leprosy and tuberculosis, and blood supplies.


    SNOMED CT is the most comprehensive, multilingual clinical healthcare terminology in the world. It was designed to provide the core general terminology for the electronic health record (EHR). It currently contains more than 400,000 active concepts with unique meanings that are expressed using formal logic-based definitions and organized into hierarchies to provide a comprehensive representation or graph of clinical knowledge.

    When implemented in software applications, SNOMED CT can be used to represent clinically relevant information consistently, reliably and comprehensively as an integral part of the electronic health record. SNOMED CT is an international standard in use in over 80 countries. It is owned and maintained by the IHTSDO, a Denmark-based not-for-profit organization governed by members from currently 27 nations.

    Using SNOMED CT to encode clinical information helps organizations realize the full potential of their EHR investments by helping them make better and fuller use of the health information contained therein. Key elements of the value chain are captured in the sections below. The classic benefits sought through EHR implementation are improved patient access to care, improved safety and improved outcomes as a result of more efficient exchange and reuse of patient-focused clinical information between health care providers. SNOMED CT enables these outcomes by providing healthcare organizations with a standard way to encode clinical information for exchange.

    SNOMED CT is today used in a number of African countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia, and it is one of the main building blocks in OpenMRS.  To date there are no African member countries within IHTSDO.

    For more information go to: www.ihtsdo.org or contact info@ihtsdo.org

  • Solar Powered Health Centre

    Samsung has built the mobile centres are built for use in remote rural areas, and intended to eliminate the economic and geographic barriers that prevent people across Africa from obtaining quality medical treatment. The Solar Powered Health Centre is designed to reach as many people as possible, as regularly as possible. Mounted on a truck and manned by qualified medical professionals, the centres will move from one area to the next providing a range of eye, ear, blood and dental medical services to the public.

  • Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS)

    Samsung introduced the Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS) in 2002 as part of its Hope for Children initiative. The objective of this innovation is to bridge the technology gap in previously disadvantaged communities and is further aligned with the company’s 2015 vision to directly impact the lives of 5 million Africans through the power of technology.

  • South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA)

    SAHIA was formed in 1982. It's goals and objectives are to:

    Represent South African Health Informatics nationally and internationally, notably through the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) of which SAHIA is a member. Promote and uphold the status of the Health Informatics profession by: Striving for the recognition of Health Informatics as a speciality registrable with professional health councils in South Africa Stimulating appropriate conditions of service for Health Informaticians Participating in the definition of standards of education and professionalism of Health Informatics at Universities, Schools of Public Health and Technical Universities Promoting human resource development in Health Informatics Promoting the use of Health Informatics in the planning and delivery of health services  Promoting the interests of IMIA in South Africa Stimulate the advancement of Health Informatics in South Africa by: Arranging meetings, symposia and colloquia for the discussion of experiences and advances in Health Informatics Providing a vehicle for contact and co-operation between organisations and individuals active in Health Informatics Assisting members to participate in national and international meetings on Health Informatics Promoting education and training in Health Informatics in South Africa Promoting research on Health Informatics in South Africa Maintain close co-operation with organisations with related aims and objectives such as the Computer Society of South Africa; the Telemedicine group (SATMA) and the Radiological Informatics group (PACS/RIS) Promote the interest of members.
  • South African Telemedicine Association (SATMA)

    The mission of the South African Telemedicine Association is to promote and advance telemedicine and associated fields in South Africa through advocacy, co-operation, training, and research by bringing together people from the private and public sectors, industry and academia to share experience and expertise. This will be achieved via the following:

    Engaging government and educating the public about telemedicine.  By actively working with Governmental Departments and NGO’s to eliminate barriers to the use of telemedicine and facilitate private public partnerships. Foster networking and collaboration among allied interests in medicine and technology. Assist with topics relevant to the advancement and application of telemedicine within specific areas. Promoting research, innovation and education Fostering academic research is critical to the growth of telemedicine. Formation and publication of guidelines and standards. Creating consumer awareness and support
  • STEPS OVC Mobile Health Platform

    The goal of the Sustainability Through Economic Strengthening, Prevention, and Support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Youth and Other Vulnerable Populations (STEPS OVC) program is to provide support for HIV prevention and behavior change initiatives, reducing HIV transmission, while simultaneously helping the Government of Zambia further develop the ability to care for and support OVC, at-risk youth and adults, and other vulnerable populations. The mHealth sub project of STEPS OVC serves to seek more effective referrals and linkages between home, community, and facility.

    The goal of the STEPS OVC mHealth subproject is to create a simple, affordable, and transferable mobile solution for data collection, patient management and interface to MOH and community clinic systems that support referrals, adherence to medications, dissemination of health information/education, and reporting. 

  • Study on Regulatory Aspects of eHealth in Sub-Saharan Africa

    The regulatory study is the second in a series of four horizontal studies that are part of the eHSA programme. It will examine the regulatory framework needed to provide eHealth services and provide a comprehensive review of the SSA situation affecting eHealth. The study will identify specific actions needed to develop a regulatory framework that supports eHealth and develop roadmaps to guide countries and partners through to implementation.

    The Prime Contractor was Greenfield Management Solutions, South Africa.

  • Surveillance and Health Information Systems Technical Workshop for West and Central Africa Dakar, Senegal: July 25-27, 2017

    Strengthening Health Information Systems for Improved Epidemiological Intelligence for Public Health Action through Coordinated HIS investments

    This workshop brought together stakeholders in health information systems in West and East Africa.  The primary focus of this meeting was to improve epidemiological intelligence for early outbreak detection and rapid response, a priority for both International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). 

    It also aimed to convene a range of public health information systems stakeholders to discuss strategies for coordinated health system investments, methodologies for improved data quality and use across health domains, and information system and tools technologies.  

    Participants included representatives from ministries of health, implementing partners, multilateral organizations, donor countries and philanthropies.  The three day workshop focused on the following:


    ·       Create opportunities for collaboration and improvement of health system investments using Health Data Collaborative (HDC) principles.

    ·        Assist participating countries’ in developing Health Information System (HIS) strategies for International Health Regulations compliance, early outbreak detection and rapid response.

    ·        Develop specific strategies for supporting Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) objectives for early outbreak detection and rapid response.

    ·        Promote the formation of regional technical communities around a common set of data integration and analytic platforms and tools.


    ·       Identification of all surveillance system stakeholders and implementing partners, as well as other HIS stakeholders investing within the region, related to:

    o   Surveillance

    o   Surveys

    o   Registries

    o   Services and Program Implementation

    o   Research

    ·       Dialog on related DHIS2 activities and HIS investments in Central and West Africa for potential collaborations in these regions around:

    o   Tools for mobile data capture

    o   Improving sensitivity of Indicator-based surveillance

    o   Event-based surveillance for early detection

    o   Improving data quality and epidemic intelligence for outbreak detection and response through data integration and centralized exchange

    ·       Presentations on progress and work to date on using DHIS 2 for case-based surveillance

    o   Demonstrations of overall functionality and country examples



    ·         Workshop agenda and Presentation List

    ·         Participant list

    ·         All presentations (zipped)

    o    Co-ordination and Governance theme presentations only as a zipped file

    o   Epidemiology and Methods theme presentations only as a zipped file

    o    Information Systems and Tools theme presentations only as a zipped file

    ·        Country presentations

    ·         Reports from:

    o    Co-ordination and Governance theme

    o    Epidemiology and Methods theme

    o    Information Systems and Tools theme


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