ISDS Webinar: Community-based Health Systems Strengthening: Randomized, Controlled Trial of a Mobile Health Intervention in Nepal
Date/Time: May 20, 2013, 12:00 - 1:00pm ET
Presenter: Duncan Smith-Rohrberg Maru, MD, PHD, Resident Physician, Global Health Equity Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Boston; Co-Founder of Nyaya Health
Globally, over seven million children under the age of five die each year. A suite of interventions, including safe delivery care, neonatal care and resuscitation, and management of childhood diarrhea, malnutrition, and pneumonia, can prevent many of these deaths. Each intervention relies on functional health systems to be delivered effectively. Prerequisites for effective health systems strengthening strategies are tools for surveillance of disease patterns and monitoring of healthcare facilities' functioning. Mobile health technologies provide one strategy for this, though they remain largely untested. The presenter will discuss the results of a study analyzing: (1) whether child health surveillance data collected on mobile phones by community health workers during the course of routine service provision correlate with temporal trends with a reference to standard of data collected via household surveys and (2) whether data on public sector healthcare facility performance collected via weekly mini-audits performed by community health workers are reliable and accurate in comparison with independent audits.