OpenSRP in Malawi: empowering facility health workers for better health outcomes

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OpenSRP in Malawi. Picture credit HISP Malawi

The Malawi eRegister Project is a new initiative to digitize the Bilira Health Center in Ntcheu district–Malawi to improve health outcomes through optimization and improvement of health service delivery. Ona helped to customize, develop, and launch the OpenSRP solution, which aims to streamline workflows by digitally tracking clients and their current health status. Health workers are using Android tablets to analyze and capture information while providing health care services, thereby increasing accuracy and reducing the burden of regular reporting.

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Congratulations to the World Food Programme for winning the Nobel Peace Prize!

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WFP Nobel Prize

Ona would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to our partner, the World Food Programme (WFP), for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “combating hunger” and its “contribution to creating peace in conflict-affected areas”.

As a long long-term technology partner for WFP, we are honored to be able to help support WFP in it’s mission to bring food and assistance to more than 100 million hungry children, women, and men across the world. In this past year, we are particularly proud to have contributed to WFP’s rapid response efforts to alleviate hunger in regions with particularly complex environments such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Lebanon amongst others. Most recently, following the tragic explosions at Beirut Port, WFP provided emergency in-kind food assistance to 11,000 of the most affected people, through the distribution of 2,226 food parcels to also support communal kitchens serving food to blast affected areas.

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Ona, WHO, and CEMICAMP publish paper on the systematic process of transforming ANC guidelines into a reference mobile app

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OpenSRP WHO ANC Reference App, Roger Wong

Ona, WHO, and CEMICAMP recently published Building a Digital Tool for the Adoption of the World Health Organization’s Antenatal Care Recommendations in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The paper discusses the iterative process our teams took translating the WHO recommendations on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience into a reference mobile application built on top of OpenSRP.

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What we have learnt about partnerships over the years

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Ona Partnerships

As an open-source Global Goods product, the vision behind OpenSRP is to help resource-constrained health systems reach their constituencies and achieve equitable access to healthcare. As OpenSRP’s technical steward for the past seven years, Ona has seen the tool grow from a research pilot to being actively implemented in more than 15 countries and used by over 26,000 health workers.

This would not have been possible without embracing collaboration and working with countless partners to fund, build, implement, and maintain the platform. In our work, partnerships with local technical collaborators are vital for the ongoing success by establishing an experienced team to maintain and update the platform after Ona’s contract concludes. Sometimes we are presented with a Ministry of Health or a donor’s preferred partner to work to implement in the field, and other times we are tasked to help find suitable partners that can help us to fulfill this role. In this article, we will share a few key learnings on successfully establishing these types of ICT4D partnerships.

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How We Launched a COVID-19 Public Messaging Effectiveness Dashboard with UNICEF in Two Weeks

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Canopy COVID-19 Dashboard

The COVID-19 pandemic poses new and unique challenges to governments and development organizations engaged in public health across the world. On a project supported by the Government of Japan, UNICEF Cambodia is assisting the government and other partners’ responses to the pandemic through Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) messaging, helping to educate the public and raise awareness on vital behavior changes required at this time. In order to understand how RCCE messaging influences citizen’s behaviors, UNICEF developed a detailed questionnaire and partnered with Ona to collect and visualize the data, resulting in the publicly-accessible COVID-19 Awareness Survey dashboard.

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