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With Pathfinder International’s mHMtaani project (Swahili for “mobile health for my community”), community health workers in Kenya’s coastal region use a mobile phone application to register clients, provide health services and upload data to the cloud so program managers can monitor and analyze patient care and outcomes.
Supported by the US Agency for International Development through Pathfinder International’s APHIAplus Nairobi-Coast program, the mHMtaani project (Swahili for “mobile health for my community”) enables community health workers like Elizabeth to register clients, provide health services, and record data directly via a mobile phone.
The clinic teaches women the importance of “spacing” and offers a variety of options including cycle beads, condoms, pills, intrauterine devices and implants. Family planning methods, such as delaying and spacing out children, are among the most effective ways to better the lives of families and directly contribute to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of reducing infant mortality and improving maternal health.
Each year billions of dollars in cash payments are distributed by development organizations to individuals in need. Across sectors including agriculture, health, and emergency relief, cash payments are dispersed with the intent of imparting a lasting impact on their recipients. As we’ve discussed in this space previously, dealing with cash instead of electronic payments brings risks and inefficiencies to the parties involved, both development organizations and their payments recipients, too, who are likely to have a lot at stake.
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Under the maternal and newborn health program, Pathfinder is focused on improving Kenya's health status by supporting government health entities and communities to integrate and strengthen HIV, family planning and maternal and child health services.
"This new project is a welcome development for many reasons," said ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko. "It brings the integrated PHE approach to one of the world's greatest lakes, it enables respected health NGO Pathfinder to pursue PHE efforts, and marks the return of a leading private donor, the MacArthur Foundation, to a group of foundations willing to support this innovative approach."
Like APHIA II, APHIAplus will strengthen the country's ability to improve the lives of mothers, children and their families in the areas of HIV/AIDS, malaria, family planning, reproductive health, and tuberculosis with quality health services.
Her sentiments were echoed by Ms Pamela Onduso of Pathfinder International. "We need to manage our population growth so that the economic growth can catch on," she said.