Monthly Archives: December 2013

mCHW Project: Kick-off Meeting

The the kick-off meeting of mCHW project was held at AMREF HQ, Nairobi, on January 29, 2013. It was an exciting day, where Community Health Workers, their supervisors, representatives from the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation and AMREF representatives and members of NGOs gathered together. Goals of the day were: to give an overview…
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How teachers in Africa are failed by mobile learning

Only projects that work with existing education systems will improve learning and cut poverty, says Niall Winters. Speed read The mobile phone revolution promises to reduce marginalisation and reduce poverty But implementation is key — only teachers can ensure the success of mobile learning interventions Projects need to be less techno-centric and give teachers a…
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Simon Mbae joins us as AMREF’s new research assistant

We welcome Simon to the project as the AMREF research assistant. His role is to act as the critical bridge between the research project staff and Community Health Workers in Kibera and Makueni. Simon is second year MPH (Epidemiology and Disease Control) student in Moi University/AMREF, Kenya and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in…
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Working with community health volunteers to design and implement a mobile-based training tool for the assessment of child development

Guest blog for iHeed by Niall Winters and Simon Mbae (London Knowledge Lab and AMREF) The critical role of community health volunteers (CHVs) in promoting good health practices in Sub-Saharan Africa is well known. Systematic reviews have shown that CHV performance and their integration with the primary healthcare system are improved when sufficient priority is…
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Implementing the mobile apps: Olajide Jolugbo joins the mCHW team

Olajide Jolugbo joined the team with the task of implementing the mobile apps co-designed with CHWs and their supervisors in May. Below is a short presentation about him: I am an accomplished software architect / developer with over 20 years industry experience leading and mentoring cross-functional teams through all phases of complex projects while managing…
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Week #3: Refer or not to refer

This week was dedicated to start the co-design process of the mobile intervention. Niall, Simon and Isabella, together with Community Health Workers (CHWs), Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) and Community Health Committee (CHC) members from Kasikeu in Makueni and Kibera,  defined the first area of intervention of the project. The application has been named “Refer or not…
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Lights Camera Action…

September 12-13, 2013 Other than fun and the tour that the CHWs had during the visits, they were also busy engaging in preparations for the development of the second mobile application, MCC (Mobile Counseling cards). The heart of the project is to collaboratively design the mobile applications. Learning from their colleagues from Kibera who had used…
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3…2…1: ready for co-design!

After two intense weeks of fieldwork in Kibera and Makueni, Niall arrived this weekend and the preparation for data analysis and theory-driven evaluation began!
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