Programme Mwana

Merrick Schaefer, Senior Innovation Specialist, World Bank, gave this presentation at the November 19, meeting of the mHealth Working Group. The presentation is an overview of UNICEF's Programme Mwana, a health systems strengthening intervention in Zambia and Malawi that addresses two programmtic health areas: 1) Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) of HIV; and 2) improving postnatal visits of mothers and infants. The program uses two mobile technology applications: Results160 and RemindMi.

Designing Digital Learning for a Continuum of Learning

The session will provide an illustrative example how digital learning tools, such as eLearning, SMS and digital libraries, can be incorporated in the continuum of learning from pre-service education, transitioning into continuous professional development. The tools, being just tools, require content that it is conducive for learning. For example, eLearning courses are implemented in pre-service schools in Ghana.

Precision Public Health: transformative approaches to target and measure interventions to efficiently make impact

Population numbers and disease burdens rarely are reported at lower than district level. If disease was uniform across populations, and populations were spread evenly across space, interventions would be easy to plan. But we know this is not the case; more often than not, distribution of disease is heterogeneous. Knowing where disease burden is highest is critical to target interventions and reach the most susceptible. Knowing where people are is also critical, and in many developing countries with rapidly growing populations, good population data are lacking.

Learning as we go: Adaptive Management for Digital Health

Data collected during digital health project implementation can be impactful not just externally, but also internally, where they can also be used to improve the implementation itself. GirlEffect’s SRHR chatbot provided key insights into how to measure digital interventions and how to balance measurement with the core objectives of a digital intervention. The ACCELERATE project’s Think | BIG (Behavioral Integration Guidance) process is an evidence-driven, systems approach to integrating behavior change into global health portfolios, allowing for mid-course corrections.