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    Global Digital Health Forum panelists: Sam Wambugu, Mark Cardwell, Siobhan Green, Melissa Sabatier.

    Global Digital Health Forum panelists: Sam Wambugu, Mark Cardwell, Siobhan Green, Melissa Sabatier. Photo: Jarret Cassaniti, 2016

    Data is a powerful tool that can help managers improve health care delivery to the people they serve. During the two days I spent at the Global Digital Health Forum, big data was referenced and audience-first approaches were frequently discussed. Data visualizations were also mentioned as an effective way to deliver meaningful messages. And, they can be as simple as developing a pie chart or table.

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    A DKT Nigeria community health worker gives Sayana Press injectable contraceptive to a woman in the Makoko slum of Lagos, Nigeria.

    A DKT Nigeria community health worker gives Sayana Press injectable contraceptive to a woman in the Makoko slum of Lagos, Nigeria. Photo by David Olson.

    The Nigerian government has approved Sayana Press injectable contraceptive for self-injection by users, a change which advocates hope will improve access to the product. The United Kingdom has already approved self-injection. Other countries are considering doing the same.

    Sayana Press is the three-month progestin-only injectable contraceptive that combines the drug and needle in a Uniject™ injection system. It is small, light, easy-to-use, and requires minimal training, making it ideal for rural settings and community-based distribution efforts and, increasingly, for women to administer themselves.

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    This post was originally published by MEASURE Evaluation.

    Sam Wambugu speaks with Global Digital Health Forum attendees.

    Sam Wambugu speaks with Global Digital Health Forum attendees. Photo by Jim Thomas, MEASURE Evaluation.

    Last week at National Harbor, Maryland, I and about 500 others from around the world gathered at the Global Digital Health Forum 2016 to talk about ways in which digital technology is being used to improve the efficiency of health information systems and improve health overall. In particular, my eyes and ears were tuned to digital health data ethics, security and confidentiality because my organization, MEASURE Evaluation, plays a role here and because this is a concern essential to effective harnessing of technology that needs more attention.

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    In Brebes, Central Java, Indonesia, a village-level family planning volunteer, or cadre, plays a quiz game as part of a new mobile application for family planning.

    In Brebes, Central Java, Indonesia, a village-level family planning volunteer, or cadre, plays a quiz game as part of a new mobile application for family planning. © 2016 Radha Rajan, Courtesy of Photoshare

    The 2016 Global Digital Health Forum brought together over 425 collaborators working in global digital health. What struck me this year is how our community is committed to working together to apply the 9 Principles of Digital Development and implement digital tools and systems to improve health. As we further explore interoperability and building on existing tools, we must partner to leapfrog over obstacles. The private sector, NGOs, ministries, and individuals are developing new relationships and partnerships to move the dial forward in global digital health.

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    Amada Ndorbor (right), Director of the Mental Health Unit, Ministry of Health Liberia. Photo: Agbonkhese Oaiya

    Amada Ndorbor (right), Director of the Mental Health Unit, Ministry of Health Liberia. Photo: Agbonkhese Oaiya

    In November 2016, K4Health began working alongside the Ministry of Health in Liberia to support mHero, a two-way SMS system that allows Ministries of Health and frontline health workers to connect. Building on the work supported by USAID through the Ebola Grand Challenge and previous activities supported by K4Health, this one-year activity seeks to work alongside UNICEF and local partners, supporting the Liberia Ministry of Health to continue to scale mHero. I was asked to join the IntraHealth team working on this exciting new K4Health project and support an mHero Roadmap Workshop in early November.

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    PharmAccess mHealth program

    PharmAccess mHealth program. Photo by PharmAccess Foundation via Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

    On December 7, K4Health hosted the second webinar in a two-part series, Digital Health’s Missing Link: Knowledge Management. The webinar series explores how knowledge management can help the digital health field through understanding what has been done before and use that information to inform the planning and execution of our current efforts. The first webinar highlighted knowledge management resources and repositories that already exist and can help project leaders during the preparation and initiation phases. In the second, we highlighted specifically how digital health implementers use certain tools and methods to document and share knowledge through their projects.

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    WHO's Digital Health Atlas

    The Digital Health Atlas offers technologists, implementers, financial investors, and governments a platform of tools and guidance to improve the use of digital innovations for health.

    When planning our digital health implementations, we have good intentions. We seek input from stakeholders, follow the 9 Principles of Development, and carefully plan for scale. What we often fail to do is gain a thorough understanding of what has been done before and use that information to inform the planning of our own interventions. But where do we go to find this information?

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    The abundance of openly accessible health content—from eLearning courses and multimedia resources to guidance documents and research papers—presents a remarkable opportunity for teaching, learning, and sharing. Open health content, however, is not sufficient by itself. It is important to provide it in the appropriate context and the language of the people who will use it. The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project developed this adaptation guide to expand the reach, usefulness, and use of evidence-based global health content, specifically as it relates to family planning.

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    Adolescent girls and young women enrolled in DREAMS through Hope Worldwide Kenya after meeting with CHANGE in Mukuru Kwa Reuben, Nairobi, Kenya.

    Adolescent girls and young women enrolled in DREAMS through Hope Worldwide Kenya after meeting with CHANGE in Mukuru Kwa Reuben, Nairobi, Kenya. Courtesy of Bergen Cooper.

    We know what works to prevent HIV. Over the course of the epidemic, we have seen the body of evidence grow. Unfortunately, in too many cases, we have also seen donors and implementers favor interventions based on ideology rather than data. In order to address HIV, there’s no question that we need to program the standard interventions like condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and post-exposure prophylaxis. Yet we also need to address areas not consistently included in HIV prevention, including family planning, gender-based violence, education, access to employment, and social norms. On this World AIDS Day, I am filled with hope: A program is finally doing just that.

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    5 SDG Themes of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership

    The 5 Sustainable Development Goal Themes of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. Source: Starbird et al. 2016. Investing in Family Planning: Key to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. GHSP 4(2):191-210.

    The ability of women and children to live healthy and productive lives is critical to economic development and growth, peace and security, and ultimately prosperity. Helping women to time and space their pregnancies contributes to their own and their children’s health and well-being. A recently-updated USAID eLearning course highlights these healthy reproductive behaviors and suggests programmatic approaches to help women and families make healthy reproductive decisions.