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  • Health ministry initiative wins Africa e-health award

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    August 14, 2013

    The ministry of Health mTrac initiative was listed among the table-top 10 e-health projects of 2013 and granted full recognition by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

    The project was recognised for real time monitoring of diseases, tracking of essential medicines, and improving health service delivery. mTrac, a rapid SMS-based health tool, was launched in December 2011, to improve the Health Management Information System (HMIS) reporting on disease surveillance and medicine tracking systems, in all 5,000 health facilities in Uganda.

  • Scale and Sustainability: Is it just about Numbers?

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    March 28, 2013

    It is nearly impossible to discuss mHealth without the topic of “scale” coming up. Although achieving scale is not required or even appropriate for some use cases, governments in the developing world are increasingly frustrated with pilotitis and are requiring mHealth innovators to start planning for national scale interventions. However, there is another problem: scale is often discussed only in very superficial terms. The metrics of achieving “scale” are often associated with either percentage of population covered, or geographic reach.

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  • Health at Hand

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    February 18, 2013

    By Aarti Dhar

    India can learn some lessons from Uganda where social media and technology are being harnessed to assist health care and education systems

    “No drugs in clinic?” People can just SMS the complaint to 8200 -- a free health service complaints hotline. Any citizen in Uganda can report a health service delivery complaint to this toll-free SMS hotline.

  • DFID Recognises mTrac for Excellence

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    February 7, 2013

    In a recent speech, the United Kingdom's newly appointed Development Secretary Justine Greening sets out the priorities for UKAID in the coming years. One of the key areas of emphasis will be on innovative uses for technology in the delivery and monitoring of public services. Secretary of State Greening highlighted mTrac as an example of the successful application of mobile technology for monitoring medicine stock levels.

    DFID is the primary funder of the mTrac program in Uganda. See the links and attachment for the complete speech.

  • mTrac: Using a phone to deliver medicine

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    October 31, 2012
    Doctor treating patients at a rural health facility in Uganda.

    What does it take to integrate delivery of clinical information, drugs and other health services into a phone? UNICEF’s Yusef Atef discovered that, “it’s simple; all you need is a connected mobile phone.”

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