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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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The “hidden children” of Kibera and how their mothers rally for support

By Simon Murithi According to UNICEF, children with disabilities suffer from marginalisation and exclusion from society in various forms, such as negative attitudes towards them and their families, stigmatisation, and inadequate or a lack of policies and legislation. Together, these factors often translate into a severe infringement of disabled children’s basic human rights, such as…
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Welcoming Anne to the mCHW project

Dr Anne Geniets has joined us as a post-doctoral researcher on the mCHW project. Anne is a developmental psychologist and a political communications and media scholar. Her research looks at communication and development in different contexts, focusing on inequalities, poverty, and social (in)justice: media consumption and socio-economic deprivation; structural inequality and structural violence; audience research…
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Researcher Wanted!

We have a research position available on the project from May 1st 2014. We are looking for someone who is passionate about working with marginalised communities and would like to spent 4-5 months (non-continuous) in the field over the next year or so. You will participate in and contribute to all elements of the project,…
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