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CommCare is an open-source mobile platform that runs on a variety of mobile phones. It uses illustrations, audio messages, and videos to help community health workers spread health information in their native language to villagers in rural India and other parts of the world.
Derek Treatman lives and works in India as a Dimagi Field Engineer. His commitment to language and the use of locally recorded audio messages to raise awareness on health issues amongst the low-literate has earned him this nomination in innovation. Within his first few months in India he mastered the basics of conversational Hindi and now gives training in Hindi to health workers all over the country.
Dimagi employs a small cadre of international field engineers like Derek who are scattered about the globe. Their outreach work is supported by a team of software developers and engineers based in Boston, Massachussets.