Use of Mobile Phone Technologies to Improve RMNCH services, controlling lifesaving commodities tracking and community service Provider linkage.
Tanzania innovation factory country unity team members
The innovation factory is a global partnership spanning over 9 different countries that provides space for practitioners of international cooperation for developing innovative ideas in three thematic areas namely eHealth, ICT for agriculture and future4nature.
International country unity teams member meeting in Ethiopia November 2016
Recognizing that information and communication technologies (ICT) have tremendous potential to support health systems in delivering equal access to quality services, the GIZ supported innovation factory provide a creative platform for the sharing of experiences and coming up with new ideas to make use of potentials in local health systems. Clustered into self-steered country units professionals from Kenya, Germany, Tanzania and Cameroon have gathered to develop innovative solutions to local challenges around a common vision of improving the health of mothers and new-born, through embracing eHealth.
Representatives from Tanzania presenting during the international country unity teams meeting in Ethiopia
In the phase one of the innovation factory a team of professionals from the Ministry and the mHealth Community of Practice and key stakeholders came together, to discuss the potential of digital solutions to support the achievement of these nationally set out goals.
The results of phase one of innovation factory led the country unity team to inter into phase of creating prototype. The objective of the prototype is to establish national mHealth platform aiming to improve RMNCH services (danger sign, referral, educational SMS etc.), controlling lifesaving commodities tracking and community service provider linkage. Having identified common ideas, the team will now take these ideas to a next level developing a solution that is in line with national priorities, that is building onto experiences and lessons learned, that is people cantered and owned and shared by the partnership.
Tanzania innovation factory country unity team members discussing a prototype
In a truly collaborative and participatory manner and drawing upon the vast expertise from policy makers and practitioners in eHealth, the team narrowed down priorities to take on the challenges of finding digital solutions to improve the pertaining poor community health services, focusing on the governance at the individual patient level as well as the poor surveillance of lifesaving commodities in Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care facilities.
Need assessment session, interviewing health workers
In making the work possible ITIDO has conducted a need assessment on behalf of GIZ Innovation Factory team to improve prototype and project idea so as to establish national mHealth platform aiming to improve RMNCH services (danger sign, referral, educational sms etc) controlling lifesaving commodities tracking and community service provider linkage include using Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlet (ADDO)
Need assessment session, interviewing ADDO dispenser