Ghana Community Health Workers Program
The Community Health Worker (CHW) program in Ghana builds on lessons learnt from Ghana’s current Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) program. The initiative will establish a national CHW platform that successfully bridges the gap between rural communities and the primary health care system.
Using a ratio of one CHW to approximately 500 individuals, Ghana seeks to cover 100 percent of the rural population through a phased scale-up strategy over 10 years (2014-2023). Ghana will reach full rural coverage in 2019 with 27,845 CHWs. By 2023, Ghana plans to deploy 31,707 CHWs to maintain full coverage as the population continues to grow. Through this scale-up strategy, in Phase 1 (2014-2016), the CHW program will ultimately deploy a cadre of 15,157 CHWs (covering 60% of the rural population) by 2016.
As part of this initiative, World Vision has been selected to write the national CHW curriculum to cover a broad spectrum of Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health and Nutrition issues. Alongside the national curriculum, World Vision has been asked to elaborate the supervision strategy, training materials and monitoring and evaluation systems. It is envisioned that World Vision will be able to leverage their existing MOTECH Suite modules for CHW programs in maternal health, infectious disease, and nutrition to feed into and support the overall CHW strengthening initiative.
The Grameen Foundation is currently implementing two mobile health solutions in Ghana. The first application, Mobile Midwife, sends targeted SMS or audio messages to pregnant mothers according to their stage of pregnancy, with information around key behaviors critical during pregnancy. Another application supports nurses in health facilities to register and track pregnant women as the receive services at the facility. The vision is for the CHW mHealth system to inter-operate with the existing solutions to ensure a continuum of care from the community to the health facility.
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GiftedMom is a pocket guide for Pregnant women and mothers with children under 5 years old, Medical personnel, Health Workers and for gentlemen and relatives who support procreation. Its a mobile health platform that uses low-cost technology to help mothers and pregnant women access medical advice in out-of-the-way, rural communities. Gifted Mom sends pregnant women and mothers alert for vaccinations, checkups and answers their medical queries.
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National Nigerian Telecom Operator, Globacom, has unveiled an innovative product called Glo Medicare, aimed at boosting health and general wellness in the country. Subscribers to the new service are provided with regular information on a wide range of health and wellness issues, including how to manage various diseases or health conditions and how to prevent them.
Subscribers will have the liberty of choosing specific areas they would like to receive information on from a menu, adding that subsequently, such subscribers will receive tips, advice and other information they can practically apply to their lives on a daily basis. Topics includeCancer, Diabetes, Pregnancy, Baby, First Aid, Cholesterol, Toddlers Hypertension and Blood Sugar, among others.
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Global Observatory for eHealth
Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe) is an initiative of WHO launched in 2005 to study eHealth—its evolution and impact on health in countries. The Observatory model combines WHO coordination regionally and at headquarters to monitor the development of eHealth worldwide, with an emphasis on individual countries.
The Fifty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2005, adopted Resolution WHA58.28 establishing an eHealth strategy for WHO. The resolution urged Member States to plan for appropriate eHealth services in their countries.The Observatory’s mission is to "improve health by providing Member States with strategic information and guidance on effective practices and standards in eHealth".
Its publishes its objectives as to:provide relevant, timely, and high-quality evidence and information to support national governments and international bodies in improving policy, practice, and management of eHealth; increase awareness and commitment of governments and the private sector to invest in, promote, and advance eHealth; generate knowledge that will significantly contribute to the improvement of health through the use of ICT; and disseminate research findings through publications on key eHealth research topics as a reference for governments and policy-makers.
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Google Fit is a health-tracking platform developed by Google for the Android operating system. It is a single set of APIs that blends data from multiple apps and devices. Google Fit uses sensors in a user's mobile device to record activities associated with physical fitness, which are measured against the user's fitness goals to provide a comprehensive view of their fitness. Users will be able to choose who their fitness data is shared with and also delete this information at any time.
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Google Flu Trends
Google Flu Trends is a web service operated by Google. It provides estimates of influenza activity for more than 25 countries. By aggregating Google search queries, it attempts to make accurate predictions about flu activity. This project was first launched in 2008 by Google.org to help predict outbreaks of flu.
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Wikpedia has a great summary of Google Glass, describing it as a type of wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD). Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format. Wearers communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands. Google started selling a prototype of Google Glass to qualified "Glass Explorers" in the US on April 15, 2013, for a limited period for $1,500, before it became available to the public on May 15, 2014, for the same price.
On January 15, 2015, Google announced that it would stop producing the Google Glass prototype but remained committed to the development of the product. In its eyes, Project Glass was ready to "graduate" from Google Labs, the experimental phase of the project.
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Google Project Link
Google is launching Project Link to bring faster, more reliable Internet to the places and people that need it. We chose to build in the modern capital of Kampala, Uganda, a dense urban center currently limited to pre-broadband speeds. High quality infrastructure unlocks opportunity for the people of Kampala and its businesses.
Through building fiber-optic networks, Project Link enables internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile operators to provide faster connections to their users today. Such a network can serve an entire city like Kampala, while giving providers a platform on which to build innovative new services.
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Google's Big Tent
Google hosts Big Tent events all around the world to bring together many points of view about the impact of the Internet on society. eHNA has a piece on it.
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Health Command Centre in South Africa
The Health Command Centre is an innovative online platform that supports health sector decision-making through the use of strategic analytics and advanced data visualisation. By bringing together data from multiple sources across multiple sectors and automating core analyses, the Health Command Centre generates powerful new insights into health and ensures that decision-makers have the right information at the right time.
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