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Easing District Health Information Reporting through Mobile Technology

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In March 2013, Koboko district just like other districts in West Nile was introduced to a mobile technology initiative – mTrac. mTrac enables health workers report on disease surveillance and ACT stock data every week using their mobile phones. Three weeks after a thorough training on how to use the mTrac system, Koboko district recorded a 93% reporting rate – an achievement that had never happened with the paper based reporting system. During the fourth reporting week, the district made it 100% reporting rate, which it has maintained up to today.

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mTrac Scales to All Districts after Mbale Training

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On Friday, February 8, 2013, the Ministry of Health completed the fourth and final regional mTrac Training of Trainers exercise, completing national scale-up of mTrac at District level in record time.

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mTrac: Improving health records management in Uganda’s Health Centers

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Health Center IIs in Uganda provide the first level of interaction between the formal health sector and the communities, out patient care and community outreach services. This is no different from Rwantaaha Health Center II, with an enrolled comprehensive Nurse who is key to the provision of services and linkages with the village health team (VHT).

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Leveraging mTrac to Respond to Disease Outbreaks

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While mTrac was designed for collecting aggregate health data, community feedback and monitoring of healthcare delivery bottlenecks, the Ministry of Health (MoH) is now using the platform for other critical life-saving measures.

Each district across Uganda has registered health workers and village health teams (VHTs) for use of the system. This gives the District Health Teams and the MoH the capability to send urgent SMS messages to their frontline workforce.

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The Journey to Paperless Health Information Management

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Potholes are one thing not uncommon about Kampala's city streets and the same could easily be said of the journey to paperless health information management. In a drive to improve health care service delivery, The Ministry of Health Uganda and supporting partners UNICEF, WHO funded by DFID have taken on the challenge with an initiative called mTrac.

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