This is a three year public-private partnership aiming to improve child health by accelerating the adoption of mobile technology (phones, tablets etc.) among health workers in low and medium income countries. Such technology will particularly benefit health workers in rural areas. Their video suggests several important uses for this technology:
- connecting the health worker with the community they serve
- providing a means of contact for advice from senior health workers
- contacting hospitals and health services – calling in transport
- making essential health data collection easier
The project intends to create multilingual digital content, accelerate the take-up of mobile technology in Africa, Asia and South America, and share the results for evaluation and improvement. For more information see their website.
Capacity building is briefly mentioned but not followed up at all. This is perhaps where librarians might play a part by selecting relevant abstracts on different subjects and making them available through a mobile phone. The Uganda Digest (print but also online) provides such a service and is very popular with doctors, nurses and other health workers, particularly those in rural areas.
Jean Shaw, Phi