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“Getting Started in mHealth.” Grant Opportunity. Applications due Dec 31.

By Nick Amland | 27 Sep, 2012

Hi everyone,

I work for Dimagi (social enterprise in the ICT for Development space), and we're launching a request for applications (RFA) in collaboration with USAID to expand our product mHealth platform, CommCare, in India. Below is some more information with URLs to learn more about CommCare and the RFA specifically.


Are you an organization in India looking to improve your health programs through the use of mobile phones?

Dimagi (www.dimagi.com) is seeking partners in India to launch new mHealth (mobile health) programs with CommCare, its innovative mobile phone-based software application that transforms the way community health workers work. If selected, your organization will receive free software, mobile phones, server space, and field support to help you launch your own customized CommCare project. Starting an mHealth project has never been easier!

Why CommCare?

Mounting evidence suggests that equipping community health workers with phone-based tools improves access, quality, experience, and accountability of care. CommCare is an open-source mobile software platform being deployed in 25 countries and used by thousands of community health workers to track and support their clients with registration forms, checklists, SMS reminders, and multimedia. This leads to better reporting, better patient care and education, and better health. Check out our revamped website (www.commcarehq.org) to view online videos, read papers on the effectiveness of CommCare, and learn about how any organization can design its own mHealth application using our online tools.

What will be awarded?

With the support of the USAID Development Innovation Ventures fund, Dimagi is expanding CommCare in India to 40 new programs in health and other social sectors over the next two years. In the current round of grants, we anticipate awarding our startup package to 10 organizations in India. Awardees will each receive 10 free phones installed with CommCare, free unlimited access to the CommCareHQ cloud-based server, and one month (cumulative) of free in-country field support from Dimagi’s experienced Field Managers who have already launched CommCare in more than 15 community health programs in India.

How to apply?

Download the short application on our RFA website (http://tinyurl.com/commcare9rfa) and read about successes from previous partners in India who received similar support. Round 1 closes on December 1, 2012, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we expect to respond to each application within two weeks of submission. All decisions will be made by December 17, 2012. Successful applicants will be supported to launch their projects within six months of the award date.


URL Summary:
--- Dimagi = www.dimagi.com
--- CommCare = www.commcarehq.org
--- RFA website = http://tinyurl.com/commcare9rfa

If you have any questions, please go to the CommCare website which has contact us form on the front page, and we'll email you back promptly.

Nick Amland



A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Moderator Replied at 5:23 PM, 27 Sep 2012

The attached video may be of benefit. It shows the use of mobile health technologies in Karachi. There are many lessons here and also indicate we need to avoid reinvention of the wheels in this domain. Terry Hannan
IRDResearch Data visualization using Google Earth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-3lqG3hSYM

Usman Raza Moderator Emeritus Replied at 11:47 PM, 27 Sep 2012

P.S. Prof. Hannan, YouTube is blocked in Pakistan, however people sitting
outside Pakistan would be able to watch it just fine. Just wanted to let
people know since a lot of videos shared are on youtube.

Usman Raza
linkedin.com/in/uraza <http://www.linkedin.com/in/uraza>

A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Moderator Replied at 1:05 AM, 28 Sep 2012

I am able to send a DVD with the actual file plus others if you give me a mailing address

Nick Amland Replied at 10:39 AM, 28 Sep 2012

I just want clarify that the deadline for applications is December 1, 2012 (which is mentioned in the body text) and NOT December 31, 2012 (which is incorrectly stated in the title).

Sorry for the confusion.


Nick Amland Replied at 10:24 AM, 6 Nov 2012

Hi everybody,

I’m writing with a friendly reminder.

Applications are due in about 3 weeks (December 1, 2012) for the Proof of Concept package in India, which provides organizations with software, mobile phones, server space, and field support to help you launch a customized CommCare project. Learn more at: http://www.commcarehq.org/div2/round1/.

You can read more about CommCare on our website (www.commcarehq.org).


Kaushik Chaudhury Replied at 6:41 AM, 3 Jan 2013

Hi Nick,

Just today while surfing the net i came to know about this wonderful opportunity regarding mhealth - commcare project demagi had offered.

The deadline had passed but if there is any scope to apply, let me know.

Also share the process to become partner with u r organization in near future.

Kaushik Chaudhury

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