Originally appearing on the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative (GHKC) Blog, this post by Basil Safi describes a pilot eHealth program in Bangladesh that equips community health workers with Netbooks loaded with behavior change communication materials rigorously vetted by the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI) and the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOFW). Basil discussed the pilot project at the Global Health Knowledge Management Share Fair last month, and it was recently highlighted on USAID's Impact Blog in a post by Monica Bautista and Peggy D'Adamo.
BKMI will help providers access the latest resources to better counsel their clients on family planning (FP), maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and nutrition.
© 2011 Cassandra Mickish/CCP, Courtesy of Photoshare
Under the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiativeworks to build the capacity of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) in Bangladesh to improve knowledge management and coordinate behavior change communication (BCC) in the country. BKMI collaborated with MOHFW to establish the gold standard of BCC for health, population and nutrition and make the best tools and resources available in an offline, digital format to health workers in the field. BKMI is using a rigorous monitoring and evaluation plan to assess the impact of this pilot project.
During the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative's Knowledge Management Share Fair on April 16th in Washington, DC, I explained that as part of the initiative, 300 community-level health workers in the Sylhet and Chittagong districts will receive netbooks pre-loaded with HPN BCC eToolkits and eight eLearning courses to use when counseling clients about family planning (FP), maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and nutrition. The digital resources will also be made available on computers in 42 health complexes, 12 clinics and two Agriculture Information Communication Centers. By the end of the pilot, a robust evaluation will look for changes in field workers’ knowledge and BCC skills, as well as their clients’ intention to adopt healthier behaviors around FP, MNCH and nutrition.