ADDO owners and dispensers in training session
“Kidole kimoja hakivunji chawa”. This is a Swahili proverb which means “One finger cannot kill a louse”. Whenever people work in team it’s easy to accomplish what so ever comes on their way, it’s easy even to handle a big challenge as long as you’re in team work.
That’s why UNICEF decided to seek for the support from Management Science for Health to accomplish its mission to improve community access to new products to treat childhood pneumonia and diarrhea. These products are amoxicillin DTs and ORS/zinc co –pack, and introduce the two commodities to ADDOs in twelve target districts in three regions in the southern highlands of Tanzania, which are, Mbeya (Mbeya district council Rural and Mbarali District Council) ; Njombe (all five districts )and Iringa(four districts ).
The main goal of this initiative of UNICEF was to join hand with the government of Tanzania which is committed to prioritize child health and revised mortality targets to 20 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2035. The commitments includes a specific focus on ending preventable deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea and develop a plan to improve access to the 12 lifesaving commodities, including rehydration salt (ORS), zinc tablets and amoxicillin dispersible tablets (DTs).
In accomplishing these efforts, ITIDO supported MSH in various activities as it has been said that many hands lightening work, by introducing the PC mobile applications into twelve districts in Mbeya, Iringa and Njombe. And adapt the reporting module to include reporting on the availability and use of the new commodities which are ORS/Zinc co – pack, amoxicillin DT 125mg and amoxicillin DT 250 mg. Train ADDO personnel on mobile technology modules. Collect registration details for all ADDO owners and dispensers and update the database information. Offer on going remote monitoring and support to ADDOs in twelve districts as they utilize the mobile technology and Assist MSH and PC in analyzing information gathered through mobile technology on availability and use of the new commodities
ADDO owners and dispensers in training session
‘ Where there are experts there will be no lack of learner’ the initiative went hand in hand with Training of ADDO personnel on mobile technology modules .On 4/08/2015 up to 21/08/2015 ITIDO in collaboration with MSH and Pharmacy council conducted training in the said three regions. The main target audience for this training and sensitization on Zinc/ORS Co-pack, Amoxicillin DT and Use of mobile technology were, Pharmacist, ADDO owners and ADDO dispensers .where by 236 ADDOs trained in Iringa, Mbeya 147 ADDOs in Mbeya, and Njombe 453 ADDOs.
The main goal of the training was to create awareness on the use of ORS/Zinc co-pack for treatment of diarrhea and amoxicillin DT for treatment of pneumonia for children with under five years of age. Provided sensitization on the use of mobile technology on various services offered by Pharmacy Council through mobile technology. As we always know that ‘Learning expands great souls’.
He who learns, teaches. During training we oriented members of Council Health Management Team (CHMT) in each district on the use of mobile technology on various services offered by Pharmacy Council through mobile technology. (sms report, helpline, mobile money payment).
Representative from MSH giving explanation about ORS
The aim was to give them awareness about what ADDO owners and dispensers will be trained. But also to enable them to have basic knowledge which will help them during follow-up so as they can teach and remind ADDO personnel.
You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win. So loosing doesn’t mean knowing nothing. By knowing that, ITIDO conducted remote supervision to all ADDOS participated in the training. The main goal of remote supervision was Offer on going remote monitoring and support include reporting on availability and use of ORS/Zinc co – pack ,amoxicillin DT 125mg and amoxicillin DT 250 mg to ADDOs in twelve districts as they utilize the mobile technology so as to help them whenever they fail to send report and faced challenges
Support supervision was followed by Re-orientation activity, where by ADDO personnel were oriented again so as to increase awareness and education on the importance and use of the new formula for Amoxicillin DT and Zinc/ORS Co-pack. And the use of PCT Database and Mobile services in submitting reports, getting various help via the helpline service as well as using the mobile service to perform payments via MPESA (e.g. renew of different licenses) as require by the council.
Patient pays, patient can cook a stone, and patience puts a crown on the head. After training and reorientation at last 368 ADDOs sent report during reporting period one, 321 ADDOs sent report during reporting period two, 412 ADDOs sent report during reporting period three.