For the Disease Surveillance and Mapping Project, PING has created a mobile phone application that allows health facilities to submit regular reports back to the Ministry of Health (MoH), give health workers the ability to report real-time disease outbreak data, tag the data with GPS coordinates, and blast out SMS disease outbreak alerts to all other healthcare workers in the district. Using this system, disease cases can be reported, collected and aggregated in minutes using HP Palm Pre 2 smart phones, donated as part of the project. Compared to a 3 to 5 week process when paper records are used, the Disease Surveillance and Mapping project has tremendous potential to impact the health care system in Botswana.
PING collaborated with partners at Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and MoH to use these smart phones to pilot a Malaria Early Epidemic Detection System (MEEDS) from March 2011 to June 2012 in 14 clinics in the Chobe District in northern Botswana. The following results were achieved:
- District and national officials were notified of all positive cases of malaria within 48 hours of diagnosis.
- An average of 77% of participating health facilities sent key indicator reports weekly
- Automatically-generated analysis of case report data was available immediately online to local and district health workers.
- Select positive malaria cases were successfully mapped by residence, investigated and monitored.
- Testing of suspected malaria cases increased from 11% to 98.4% by the end of the pilot.
PING, HP, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Mascom, and the Botswana Ministry of Health (MoH) have received a prestigious GBCHealth Business Action on Health Award as well as a $10,000 prize from the Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) as a result of this project. Please visit our PRESS page to read more about the GBC Health and GAIN awards.
The long-term vision of this project is for there to be a smartphone at every clinic across Botswana with health workers using the devices to submit reports to the Ministry, to report real-time disease outbreaks and to follow up with individual cases and screen neighbors utilizing the GPS functionality.
Although the pilot is focusing on Malaria, PING and HP are working with the Ministry of Health to expand the project sites and diseases reported to track all notifiable diseases, such as multidrug resistant tuberculosis, which should take place in the coming months.
Stakeholders / Project Partners
HP, Ministry of Health, Clinton Foundation, Malaria No More UK, PING/BAPL, Mascom
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