Monthly Archives: December 2014

mCHW REFER app: testing in the field is on-going

Our teams in Kibera and Makueni County are continuing their use of our REFER mobile web app. We’ve been looking at how it is used in practice by community health workers and their supervisors, known as CHEWs. I like this quote from one of the CHWs, which captures the idea nicely in her own words:…
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mCHW project findings presented in Ireland and Spain

It has been a busy week for the mCHW team, organizing and leading a breakfast panel and presenting findings from our interim project evaluation at the 2014 GETHealth Summit in Dublin, as well as at the Web 2.0 conference in Bilbao. It has been a great experience and has led to fruitful discussions around the…
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The experience of Benson Maina Njoroge (CHV Supervisor- Kibera) with the Referral App

[caption id="attachment_2406" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Mr. Benson visiting with a household in Makueni[/caption]   In my experience as a CHEW in Kibera I have found it very interesting to use technology to communicate with the community, the CHVs and my supervisor. The package on monitoring developmental milestones in children 0-59 months (under 5) has proved to…
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The mCHW Kibera Community Health Choir: Promoting Health Through Music

On the return from a knowledge exchange visit to Makueni County, the health volunteers and community health extension workers (Kibera CHVs and CHEWs) were singing the whole way home. Inspired by that experience, they came up with the idea to form a community health choir to promote health messages in their community and beyond through…
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mCHW presentation at UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2014

Niall travelled to the UNESCO HQ for Mobile Learning Week 2014. His presentation (below) focused on how we must design technologies and training programmes to support the marginalised. He emphasised the need to address inequalities from the outset of any project or else run the risk of increasing structural inequality. He discussed how promoting the…
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How do we design for mobile learning? -Jade Vu Henry joins mCHW team as doctoral researcher

Jade Vu Henry will join the mCHW team as a doctoral researcher to document what happens during participatory design work. Her ethnographic research of design practices in mCHW will help us continually self-assess our on-going efforts to develop the most effective mobile-based learning tool possible. “Prior to beginning my doctoral studies at LKL, I worked as a public health evaluator…
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What’s wrong with ‘appropriate technologies’?

By Niall Winters Let’s start by asking what is an appropriate technology? In many cases in ICT4D, it refers to the technology that is readily available to communities, and in the case most relevant to the mCHW project, this technology would be low-end mobile phones. Therefore, the usual starting point for many participatory and community-focused…
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