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Please RSVP: How Are Community Health Workers Using ICT?

By Wayan Vota on February 4, 2014

Across the continent, Africans are receiving health care by frontline health workers in every situation imaginable, from modern hospitals to primary care facilities and health posts in rural villages. In most of these situations, there will probably be a mobile phone. There may even be more than that. Baobab Health uses point of care terminals in Malawi and Dimagi is growing the number of CHWs with phones for data capture in Kenya.

Yet in community settings, frontline health workers are likely to have more basic tools. Constrained by ICT infrastructure, costs, and access, and by national and local rules, regulations, and custom, they often just have mobile phones – feature phones at that. So what ICT tools can they use?

Please RSVP now to join Lesley-Anne Long of mPowering Frontline Health Workers and Trip Allport of Accenture Development Partnerships in a vibrant discussion during the next Tech Salon Nairobi to find answers to questions like:

  • What are the basic tools that /any/ community health worker could use (and how) to improve health service delivery and quality of care?
  • What are more advanced tools that are available?
  • What has scaled? What has not? And for both, why?
  • Who is innovating and what is their progress?
  • How can we help develop or deploy solutions that will have impact on frontline health workers and the communities they serve?

We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast for a morning rush, but seating is limited. So RSVP ASAP to be confirmed for attendance: once we reach our 30-person capacity there will be a waiting list.

ICT for Community Health Workers
February Technology Salon Nairobi
8-9:30am, Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Population Council, Kenya
Ralph Bunche Road & Ngong Road
Nairobi, Kenya (map)


About the Technology Salon
The Technology Salon™ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:

  • technology’s impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.

Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 30 people – and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. It’s also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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One Comment to “Please RSVP: How Are Community Health Workers Using ICT?”

  1. Looking forward to the event and the opportunity to share some of the experiences of using mobiles for CHW training and job support. There is also a HIFA2015 online discussion over the next coupld of weeks which is inviting comments from members about mHealth for CHWs. You Tech Salon participants may be interested in contributing to this discussion.