November 2012

  • Erica Nybro

    The DHS Program, CCP | Virtual Communication Coordinator

    It’s not possible to carry hundreds of DHS (Demographic and Health Surveys) reports to every meeting, or even sort through all of those PDFs on your laptop. Many program managers and policymakers in developing countries don’t have a full library of DHS reports or reliable access to an Internet connection to visit the MEASURE DHS website. Yet the expectation is that policy- and program-related decisions be data-driven, based on the evidence provided through research like the Demographic and Health Surveys.

    The MEASURE DHS Mobile App

    The MEASURE DHS Mobile App

    Luckily the rapidly growing use of mobile phones, including smart phones, has opened up a new channel for reaching DHS data users, both in Washington, DC, and in developing countries across the world. According to Pingdom, 15% of Africa’s internet browsing in May 2012 came from mobile devices, an increase of more than 150% from 2010. Now these users have an easy tool for accessing the most basic DHS information: the MEASURE DHS Mobile app.

    MEASURE DHS mobile provides national-level data for 25 key indicators across 90 countries, including fertility, family planning use, vaccination, childhood mortality, nutrition, HIV testing and prevalence, maternal health, ITN use, and some basic background data such as literacy, education, and access to electricity. The data can be viewed in a chart or a table to compare across countries or over time in countries that have had more than one DHS survey. These key indicators can also be viewed on a map.

  • Jarret Cassaniti

    CCP | Program Officer

    In previous blog posts, I’ve written about the importance of continuous learning and how eLearning, mLearning, and blended learning allow training to be delivered through new and innovative ways to audiences with limited access to traditional education. Training tools using these methods include quick courses, refreshers, checklists, FAQs, references, and job aids.

    App for Contraceptive Eligibility

    The App for Contraceptive Eligibility, available for Android.

    A job aid is a repository for information, processes, or perspectives, external to the individual, which supports work and activity and directs, guides, and enlightens performance (Rossett and Gauier-Downes, 1991).

    On my trip last month to Abuja, Nigeria, I had the opportunity to test a mobile job aid with family planning providers. The Application for Contraceptive Eligibility (ACE) mobile phone app was developed by my K4Health colleagues in fall 2011 for Android phones and updated in May 2012. A new update is scheduled for 2013.

    Testing the usability of the app centered on determining if it was easy to learn how to operate, identifying problems to inform improvements, and exploring additional features. Scenarios were crafted depicting fictional family planning clients such as the one below:

    Imagine you are helping a family planning client decide on an appropriate contraceptive method. She has heard good things about hormonal implants and wants to use this method herself. Her medical history reveals the following: She is 35 years old, has 3 children between the ages of 2 and 7, and has high blood pressure. Use the ACE app to check whether she is medically eligible to use implants.

  • Allison Bland

    CCP | Communications Specialist

    Bridging, straddling, and closing the “digital divide” are recurring themes in international development, where the Internet is seen as a portal to health, economic, educational, and social benefits. With an Internet connection on a mobile phone, tablet, or PC, users can tap into eLearning resources, access health information, and exchange knowledge.

    Internet Cable Map

    Map of Internet cables

    While the potential resources that can be gained from Internet access are enormous, Internet users in developing countries still stand on the other side of a deep divide that has not been bridged by devices and wireless signals. The speed divide is one component of Internet access that doesn’t end with physical access to a PC and Internet connection.

  • Stephen Goldstein

    CCP | Senior Consultant

    November 25th is the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  At least one woman in every three has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime (see my previous blog post, U.S. Puts Gender-Based Violence Front and Center).  

  • K4Health Highlights

    Elsie Minja-Mwaniki

    CCP | Communications Specialist

    K4Health is excited to announce the addition of a Case Studies tab on the Knowledge Management for Health and Development Toolkit. The new tab features a collection of two- to four-page stories that document knowledge management (KM) activities and programs. The purpose of these case studies is to supplement the tools and resources in the Knowledge Management for Health and Development Toolkit with real life experiences.  

    Collected, written, and reviewed by members of the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative, these case studies highlight activities that are relevant and useful to KM practitioners. They also offer information about strategies, challenges, successes, lessons learned, and recommendations for others

    The following case studies are now available: