Pathfinder to Launch CommCare as part of Groundbreaking mHealth Initiative in Haiti
Pathfinder's work supporting community health workers to provide health care using mobile health applications will be the largest of its kind worldwide.
This spring, Pathfinder is kicking off monumental mHealth work for our Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haiti (SSQH) Central and South project.
In preparation, Pathfinder launched a mobile application that will connect ambulances and referral hospitals to share information about emergency patient cases during Carnival celebrations in Jacmel and Gonaives cities in Haiti on February 23 and March 1-3, 2014. Ambulance and referral hospitals used the Haitian-made Surtab tablet with a mobile application housed on the CommCare platform to facilitate communications and referrals during the Carnival.
Pathfinder, with partner Dimagi, also has plans to support community health workers to provide quality community level care, an initiative that will be the largest of its kind worldwide. Community health workers will be equipped with a mobile application, housed on the CommCare platform, will help community health workers follow Ministry of Health guidelines to serve communities with the essential package of health services including HIV and AIDS, maternal and child health, family planning, tuberculosis services among other areas. CommCare will also strengthen health workers’ ability to make referrals to health facilities.
Pathfinder staff recently met with Haitian First Lady Sophia Martelly, the Minister for Public Health and Population Dr. Florence Guillaume, and USAID Haiti’s Deputy Director Mark White at the National Palace to present the mHealth plans for SSQH using mobile technology for emergencies and to support the work of community health workers. The First Lady showed great enthusiasm about our application and offered her support for the program.
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