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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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Publication Date: 
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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Publication Date: 
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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mTrac – Changing the face of health service delivery in Uganda using SMS

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September 28, 2012

Imagine limping into a clinic with a heavy bout of malaria in a remote Sub-county clinic in North Eastern Uganda, not knowing if you will walk out alive and well reports UNICEF’s Yusuf Atef. Only to find that – thanks to an innovative system called mTrac – you do walk out alive, well and in possession of all the proper drugs you need.

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TIME’s Mobile Tech Issue: Tracking Disease, One Text at a Time

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August 15, 2012

Accurate bookkeeping is on nobody’s list of heroic acts. But without it, some revolutions are impossible, including the overhaul of a nation’s health care infrastructure. And Uganda’s health care system needs quite an overhaul. There aren’t enough doctors, just 131 hospitals serve nearly 36 million people, and children are dying of treatable diseases, especially malaria, which accounts for up to 40% of medical visits and almost a quarter of deaths among kids under 5.

mTrac: Using technology to improve health operations in Uganda

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July 24, 2012
An mTrac user enters text to submit health data.

Only a few months ago, Mukono Health Centre IV was hampered by drug shortages, an inefficient information system, and a lack of personnel. Helpless patients lined the hallways and for Esther Mbambu, a nursing assistant at the centre, it was painful to turn away sick people in their hour of need.

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