In Myanmar at least 1,900 pregnant women and 53,000 children under the age of five die annually, often from preventable causes. Since midwives often serve are the first point of care for women and children in Myanmar, how can we better equip them so they can provide higher quality care to their communities? JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports, and UNICEF are working together to solve this question with the RMNCH Quality of Care Project (RMNCH QoC). As part of the project, they built an app using CommCare to help midwives track and support a range of healthcare services. This article follows Su Su Htet, an area coordinator (AC) for the project, who shares how the app has made a difference in her job.
Eventually, more than 10,000 midwives will use the application in their daily work. The hard work of JSI’s ACs and the feedback they receive from midwives will ensure that the CommCare tool supports and strengthens the work of midwives.”
Read more on stories.jsi.com
Dimagi has worked with JSI Research & Training Institute Inc. on many projects around the world. In 2009 JSI used CommCare for the Focus Region Health Project (FRHP), which created an early warning system for when reproductive health commodities in Ghana ran low. You can read more about this project here.
DATA AS AGRICULTURE’S NEW CURRENCY: THE FARMER’S PERSPECTIVE
This is the second article in a three-part series that explores the data revolution in agriculture. The first-part explored how to improve agriculture data to make it more actionable and accurate. This article dives into the farmer’s point of view, with a focus on what types of data farmers are looking for, why the buy-in of new data collection technologies is often low among farmers, and what the industry can do about it.
Farmers are always searching for ways to better manage factors outside their control. Droughts, heat waves, regional disease outbreaks and fluctuations in commodity prices can undermine even the most carefully crafted management plans. When data provide the insight farmers need to deal with unexpected crises, the data hold a great deal of value and they become currency.”
Read more on agfundernews.com
Did you miss the first part in this series? Read our recap in our May 19th ICT4D Roundup.