• Initiatives (181)
  • District Health Information Software (DHIS)

    The District Health Information Software (DHIS) is a robust, open source software that is designed to assist health workers to collect, manage and analyse transactional data from both aggregated data and simple case records. DHIS2 has been developed through a large, global community of developers and users, largely co-ordinated through the global Health Information Systems Program (HISP), based at the University of Oslo. The current DHIS2 software has its origins in the MS Access version of DHIS developed originally in the post-apartheid South Africa.

    DHIS2 allows you to manage aggregate data with a flexible data model which has been field-tested for more than 15 years. Everything can be configured through the user interface: You can set up data elements data entry forms, validation rules, indicators and reports in order to create a fully-fledged system for data management. DHIS 2 has advanced features for data visualization, like GIS, charts, pivot tables and dashboards which lets you explore and bring meaning to your data.

    DHIS 2 enables you to collect, manage and analyse transactional, case-based data records. It lets you store information about individuals and track these persons over time using a flexible set of identifiers. As an example, you can use DHIS 2 to collect and share essential clinical health data records across multiple health facilities. Individuals can be enrolled for longitudinal programs with several stages. You can configure SMS reminders, track missed appointments, generate visit schedules and much more.

    The DHIS2 also has features that support a mobile module, easily customisable analytics features, and interoperability with other software.


    DHIS2 is supported by the Research Council of Norway (NRC), Norad,  President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and The Global Fund. 

  • DrBridge

    DrBridge helps streamline communication within a healthcare practice with an integrated messaging system. It allows you to send follow-ups, reminders, post- and pre-visit notifications and medical instructions with just a few clicks.

    DrBridge enables patients to receive better health services from healthcare providers which make it easier to communicate and share important medical instructions pre- and post-visit. DrBridge helps to simplify and manage interaction between patients and doctors thereby improving quality of care.

  • Duty Chemist

    Duty Chemist is a simple telephone number that provides access to the list of duty pharmacies for the week, town by town, area by area, and to information about the insurance companies and services accepted by each pharmacy.

    All citizens need to do is dial 712 on their mobile phones, the voice server lists the towns to select the right one. The information is then provided either by interactive text message or by voice service. The service provides all the necessary information: the contact details for the closest duty pharmacy and a list of the health insurance companies and services that it accepts.

    Duty Chemist operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day.


  • East Africa Maternal New Born and Child Health (EAMNeCH)

    The Rapid Short Message Services (SMS) application in Rwanda was designed by MOH, UNICEF, and other partners to support maternal, neonatal and early child health at the community level, saving the lives of mothers and newborns. The tool helps community health workers (CHWs) track pregnant women, monitor antenatal care, identify and refer women at risk, and improve communication with health facilities in case of emergency. Rapid SMS helps to identify and address reasons women and young children die at the community level. It has been a key project intervention to impact community members through health centers and CHWs.

    World Vision Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health and a working agreement with Gicumbi District Hospital to support the Rapid SMS implementation in Gicumbi district, in the Northern province of Rwanda. The goal of the project is to enhance the attainment of strategic health targets in Gicumbi district by implementing Rapid SMS as a key health programming tool by 2015.

    Among the critical issues shown by a rapid assessment conducted in 2012 to identify community needs in 14 health centers was "the lack of power supply to charge the mobile phones for CHWs.” The WV project responded by providing 1,937 solar lights and solar chargers to CHWs in places without electricity. The mHealth project also distributed 1,140 cupboards for the CHWs to store their medical kits, preventing any damage.

    Achievements of the national mHealth program in Rwanda include: improved capacity of CHWs and health care providers from the District Hospital and health centers through trainings and regular supervision; improved behavior change of the community especially on antenatal care, assisted delivery, and medical check-ups of pregnant mothers and children under 5; and improved working conditions of CHWs due to ability to properly store medical kits. World Vision Rwanda has successfully used Rapid SMS as a powerful tool to reduce maternal and child mortality in the rural communities of Rwanda. 

  • Ebola Care app

    Journey, a mobile app platform for businesses to manage their mobile workforce, has developed a mHealth solution to assist in the fight against Ebola.  The team, led by its two creators, Malan and Philip Joubert, developed the Ebola Care app and launched it within a week. The app is currently deployed by the non-profit organisation, More Than Me, in Monrovia, Liberia.

    The journey team worked closely with local NGO’s to focus on the four key services the app needed to provide. This included:

    Education and Ebola awareness in the affected communities Tracing those infected and their families Ambulance teams collecting sick patients Care for children abandoned or orphaned due to the outbreak.

    The Ebola app also had further requirements. The app needed to:

    Run on cheap phones Integrate with existing tools Work without network connectivity.

    The Ebola app is already proving to be valuable in the fight against Ebola. Medical information can now be collected by health workers using Android phones, and the data is immediately available online for decision makers. All data is also securely stored in the cloud and can be scaled as the project grows.

    The app is able to work without connectivity and automatically sync’s when the phone regains connectivity. This aspect is critical as it allows health workers working in rural areas with spotty connectivity to still use the app.

  • eHealth Network for Africa (eHNA)

    This website has been developed by the team at the Africa Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee). It is a free, daily health digest that deals with issues and events affecting eHealth in Africa and provides access to a database of information about inititaives, people and organisations active in eHealth in Africa.

    The aim of Acfee is to develop capacity and leadership for eHealth in African countries to support improved health outcomes for their people. The entry point for achieving this is direct strengthening of countries’ eHealth strategies and implementation plans, supported by the capacity and leadership development needed for sustainability and success. The eHNA website is one of the vehicles that they use to achieve this goal.

  • eHealthAFRO

    eHealthAFRO integrates a range of contributions from across Africa,  to add to your knowledge of eHealth and its impact on healthcare transformation.  The conference, along with the pre- and post-conference events are designed to empower you to advance eHealth in the region by showcasing proven strategies, best practice and real-world learning to realise measurable benefits for patients, communities, clinicians, and healthcare as a whole.

    Engage with leaders. Exchange ideas. Join the eHealth (r)evolution.

  • eHealthALIVE 2016

    eHealthALIVE 2016 brought together eHealth professionals, health workers, patients, government leaders and implementers to transform healthcare through leadership, innovation and best practice.

    It was put together by the African Centre for eHealth Excellence (Acfee) and partners eHealth News, Measure Evaluation SifSA, USAID, PEPFAR and others.

  • eLearning Africa Conference

    eLearning Africa is a networking event for ICT enhanced education and training in Africa. The three-day event is aimed at those wanting to develop multinational and cross-industry partnerships and contacts whilst enhancing their knowledge, expertise and abilities.

  • eLearning for Kenya's Nurses

    In 2005, AMREF set up the Kenya eLearning Nurses Upgrading Programme with support from Accenture (a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company), and in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Kenya and the Nursing Council of Kenya. The programme was a national programme which scaled up from 12 (four schools and eight eCentres) pilot sites to over 100 sites, including 34 schools, in a span of five years. The scope of the programme included:

    Programme management including coordination, monitoring and evaluation Stakeholder management Content development Capacity building of the implementers and Monitoring and evaluation

    In 2007, the programme expanded to include the AMREF Virtual Nursing School as a test lab to understand the challenges faced in the use of eLearning to train nurses and find solutions to these challenges. At this point the programme team expanded to include a school coordinator and three nurse educators. The school has since become autonomous and operates as an independent unit.

    Today, the Kenya eLearning Nurses Upgrading Programme is being led and implemented by the stakeholders, to whom AMREF handed over the programme in 2010. AMREF remains to provide backstopping, technical support, including programme evaluation, content development to revise the existing content, and programme innovation in response to rapidly changing technology.

    Evolution of the Kenya eLearning Nurse Upgrading Programme to the eHealth Programme began in 2009.with implementation of projects such as:

    Conversion of the Diploma in Community Health (DCH) programme to eLearning Conversion of six Distance Education (DE) courses to eLearning The Centres for Disease Control (CDC)-supported infection prevention and control programme Conversion of the national Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) guidelines to eLearning Replication of the eLearning programme to various countries across the region including Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar, and Senegal Support for Ministries of Health in non-AMREF programme countries to implement eLearning including Zambia and Lesotho.

    With expansion of the programme scope from local to regional, and from eLearning to mLearning and mHealth (including health information systems and eCare), the eLearning programme became the eHealth programme. Today, the mandate of the programme is to provide support to projects, programmes, organisations and countries that wish to develop and implement eHealth programmes within and outside AMREF, and to document lessons learned and good practice in the use of technology for capacity building.

    The programme has grown from the one active project in Kenya between 2005-2009 to over 15 active projects across eight countries in 2012/13, with more in the pipeline. In 2013 the programme won the AfDB eHealth award.