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Feedback on tool for mHealth

By Ravi Agarwal | 08 Jul, 2015

Hi all,

My name is Ravi, I'm originally a tech entrepreneur from Boston, and while volunteering for Grameen Foundation in Ghana (MOTECH maternal health program), I saw a big need for an easy-to-use Missed Call, Voice IVR, and two-way SMS platform so that anyone, especially non-techies, could launch interactive campaigns in minutes.

So, I founded a not-for-profit social enterprise, engageSPARK, to empower non-techies to build low-cost campaigns in minutes to engage patients and staff by leveraging mobile phones. And especially be able to get local phone numbers in 200+ countries.

Given the great expertise of this group, I'd like ask you all to help us test our platform and give us the critical feedback we need to make it as easy and useful as possible to launch IVR, Blasts, Surveys, Curriculums, Reminders, and Auto Replies for things like adherence, information dissemination, data gathering, etc.
 
Organizations like IPA, MedAir, and Mercy Corps have been using the platform and have given us great feedback. Mercy Corps has sent out over 1 Million Calls & SMS messages using an interactive soap opera format (with quizzes) for a behavior change campaign for 20,000 people in the Philippines.

I'd really appreciate any feedback to share your insights and suggestions! If you have a few minutes, sign up at https://start.engagespark.com/coupons/mhealthfeedback to get $2 in free credits to try it out and give us feedback. Check out www.engageSPARK.com for more details.

Please also forward to other people you think might want to try this. :)

Thanks,
- Ravi
www.engageSPARK.com – Voice IVR and SMS Text campaigns made EASY
(A Not-for-Profit Social Enterprise)
 
NetHope Webinar about the results of our work with Mercy Corps, Hitting it home: Soap opera campaigns encourage financial literacy in the Philippines :
• 106% increase in use of savings products using Voice soap operas with quizzes
• Response rates of 48.2% for voice soap operas vs. 4.5% for SMS

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Replies

 

Tai Smallwood Replied at 11:31 AM, 8 Jul 2015

Hello Ravi,

Do you have an email or phone to follow up with? I a medical student in the
Caribbean and also own a tech company focusing on youth education. I would
love to volunteer for this project in some capacity.

Nicolas Pottier Replied at 11:39 AM, 8 Jul 2015

Hi Tai,

If you are looking for a project to contribute to, you might be interested
in RapidPro (https://github.com/rapidpro/rapidpro) which is a similar
hosted service as EngageSpark, just OpenSource and supported by UNICEF
among others.

We had similar goals as Ravi, just started a bit earlier and decided to
Open Source the platform.

If you don't want to host the platform yourself, we offer a hosted version
as well, TextIt available at https://textit.in

Cheers,

-Nic

--
Nic Pottier
Nyaruka Ltd http://nyaruka.com/

Ravi Agarwal Replied at 2:19 PM, 8 Jul 2015

Hi Taj,

Yes, let's chat! You can email me at or Skype me at BostonAdventurer.

I look forward to hearing from you and learning about your tech company focusing on youth education as well.

Speaking of education, we did a big program with Mercy Corps for financial education for 20,000 people using soap operas with quizzes to help them budget and save money. The results were amazing - check out this NetHope webinar, http://solutionscenter.nethope.org/blog/view/hitting-it-home-soap-opera-campa... .
• 106% increase in use of savings products using Voice soap operas with quizzes
• Response rates of 48.2% for voice soap operas vs. 4.5% for SMS

Depending on what kind of youth education programs you're doing, this might be helpful to discuss.

Cheers,
-Ravi
http://linkedin.com/in/raviagarwal
www.engageSPARK.com – Voice IVR and SMS Text campaigns made EASY
(A Not-for-Profit Social Enterprise)

Rajesh Kapse Replied at 3:09 PM, 17 Jul 2015

Dear Ravi,

Greetings!

Great to know about your organisation and intervention.

I am working with Tulsi Chanrai Foundation in Nigeria and interested in
implementing mHealth intervention on maternal and child health in Cross
River State, Nigeria.

We are working with the Government of Cross River State in maternal child
health since 2009 and we are interested mHealth. It would be great if you
could help us in this regard.

Vijaya Sawant Replied at 10:31 PM, 17 Jul 2015

Hello Rajesh,

We have developed Healthy Baby and Me prototype on maternal and neonatal health education. The link of prototype is http://www.oratechsolve.com/elearning-tool/. Let us know if you are interested in similar type of e-learning or m-learning on maternal and neonatal health literacy. We can help you to prepare it.

Regards,

Vijaya

Lawrence Wasserman PhD Replied at 11:13 PM, 17 Jul 2015

Greetings I am working with MYMOBILEUNIVERSITY Global Education where I am leading Global Health, and other CHANNELS in health. We are restructuring our web sites but want to share with GHD Online our platform that will enable those to develop a course for platform access or to utilize ondes own course. The sites are .... www.mymobileuni.com www.MYUNICLOUD.COM

Ravi Agarwal Replied at 4:55 AM, 19 Jul 2015

Hi Rajesh,

Yes, I'd love to discuss your project with you and see how we can help. Please email me at and we can setup a time to talk.

Also, if you have a few minutes, sign up at https://start.engagespark.com/coupons/mhealthfeedback to get $2 in free credits to try out our platform. Our customers tell us that we have built the easiest to use tool for Voice IVR & two-way SMS campaigns.

Cheers,
- Ravi
www.engageSPARK.com – Voice IVR and SMS Text campaigns made EASY
(A Not-for-Profit Social Enterprise)

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