The mHealh Alliance and the Innovation
Working Group (IWG) awarded IICD a grant for its mobile community
health programme in Mali. In this programme, mothers who act as
Community Workers use mobile phones to strengthen their malaria
prevention work. For the programme, IICD partners with mobile
provider Orange Mali and French NGO RAES.
The awarded programme trains 45 mothers
in the use of mobile phones and the use of a special mobile
application to collect data during visits to the communities around
Bamako. The data that the mothers collect, help health specialists
from nearby health centres to improve patient case management by
conducting prevention, diagnosis and treatment in a more efficient
and cost effective way. The grant enables IICD to further improve
child and maternal health monitoring in Yirimadjo, a poor outskirt
community of Bamako. The mothers who are health workers also come
from this area, where malaria is the most urgent problem. Because of
malaria, maternal and child mortality in the area is high.
IICD and its partners will expand the
programme to 150 more Community Health Workers in Mali and 100
Community Health Workers in Senegal within two years time. This will
be done in close collaboration with French NGO RAES. Telecom provider
Orange offers technical support.
The grant that IICD's community health
programme in Mali received was selected out of many applications,
together with seven others. The grant is an initiative of the mHealth
Alliance, a global project founded by the United Nations Foundation,
the Rockefeller Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation, and the UNís
Innovation Working Group.