Health, Tech and Happiness

Whilst in Kenya, the Indigo Team were fortunate enough to meet with 2 organisations which are utilising technology to transform health services in Kenya and beyond. 

ChildCount+, which is being run from The MDG Centre in Nairobi is a free open-source mHealth platform  built with RapidSMS.  It has been developed by the Millennium Villages Project and aims to support community health workers to achieve improved maternal health and child survival.  It can be used from any Java enabled mobile phone and community health workers are trained to use SMS messages to register patients, report their health status and receive reminders and advice to support their activities.  The service has recently been extended to include a Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission strategy.  Information is received by a central web dashboard in real-time which can aggregate data to produce reports and charts which give an overview of health in the community.

We also visited a budding team of Kenyan software developers in Nairobi, working for Datadyne.  They have created a free web-based application, EpiSurveyor, which can be used to design tailored surveys, which field workers can download to any mobile phone and collect data in real time.  The software enables reports to be generated and GPS locations can be mapped.  EpiSurveyor has been used for a wide variety of health applications including tracking infant mortality, malaria incidents and disease epidemiology.  To date they have approximately 3000 users and 90, 000 data sets from individuals and institutions throughout the world including Oxfam, Red Cross, CARE, Harvard University, Liverpool University and The World Bank.   Hear from one of their software developers George Njuguna here or see a Powerpoint Presentation overview of their work here.  A video about one of its applications in Guatemala: