Médecins Sans Frontières
MSF used CommCare to track HIV/AIDs treatment attendance in real-time, make referrals to clinics, and identify defaulters.
Médecins Sans Frontières (or, Doctors Without Borders) tested a proof-of-concept CommCare App in the community of Khayelitsha, Cape Town to keep track of patients in ART Adherence Club (AC) clubs. By using the application, MSF staff were able to track club attendance in real-time, make referrals to local clinics, and identify defaulters. The system also offered individual feedback to facilitators based on their mobile activity and shared regular email reports of club activities with their M&E team. Filters on the raw data identified at-risk patients and sent alerts to refer high-risk or defaulting clients to clinics.
Innovations for Poverty Action
Sierra Leone and Guinea
A CommCare app replaced a paper-based system for Ebola management, registering contacts and follow-ups.
Together with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and International Medical Corps (IMC), IPA developed a two-armed cluster-randomized trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a smartphone-based CommCare data collection and management system relative to its prior paper-based system for Ebola contact tracing and monitoring in Sierra Leone. The 11 chiefdoms in Port Loko district were randomized to receive either the CommCare intervention or the paper-based system control.
The International Union for TB and Lung Disease
In rural Jharkhand, CommCare improves TB case detection, follow-up rates, symptomatic case management, and DOTS adherence.
In rural Jharkhand, Rural Health Care Providers (RHCP) and Lab Technicians (LT) use CommCare to improve TB case detection, follow-up rates, symptomatic case management, and DOTS adherence. The RHCP refers any symptomatic cases to the LT, where sputum is tested for TB. If lost to follow up, an SMS is sent to the patient, RHCP, and LT. An SMS is also sent to the patient with their final lab results.
“We are ready to design
applications that are everything
from simple and straightforward to
those with challenging and unique
designs and use cases.”
- Ted Barlow, President
“CommCare gave us the ability to
control the experience of our fieldbased
data collectors, which
drastically reduced human error.”
- Bhawna Mangla, Senior Research Associate
“Thank you for helping us to
gather data, refine programming,
and spread the message about our
impact in fighting global climate
change and extreme poverty.”
- Sarah Baird, Executive Director