Category Archives: mCHW

What is “appropriate technology” for eLearning in Africa?

“What does it really mean to use technology for education and learning in Africa”, asks Niall Winters in his recent contribution to the eLearning Africa Report 2015. “For many”, he writes, “it is an opportunity to provide students with the skills they need to take part in the knowledge economy of the 21st century, a…
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Using theory-driven evaluation within the mCHW project

By Martin Oliver Our project’s aim – to advance the training and supervision of community health workers in Kenya, following a participatory approach – creates some very specific requirements for evaluation. Unlike some intervention projects, our work with CHWs, CHEWs and other close-to-community actors isn’t stable. It has to be negotiated at every step, and…
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mCHW Stakeholder Meeting

By Hannah Wanjiru The project held a highly successful stakeholder’s forum on March 18, 2015 at Amref Health Africa Headquarters-auditorium. The meeting drew 30 stakeholders from the Ministry of Health both national officials, county officials and various partners such as UNICEF, medic mobile, World Vision and Special Education Professionals. The agenda of the meeting was…
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Mobile learning in global health training: What about social justice?

  Niall Winters discusses the emerging findings form the mCHW project at a Public Seminar at the Department of Education, University of Oxford on 16 February 2015. He elaborates on the framing of global health training with technology from a social justice perspective (Winters & Geniets, in submission). Critiquing ICT for development, he shows how the design,…
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mCHW – Spreading the Word

It has been another busy few months for the mCHW project team. The successful scale up in November and December of the project to 100 community health volunteers and their supervisors in Kibera and Makueni with ongoing refresher trainings, was followed by an inspiring Capacity Building trip by Amref Health Africa collaborators Dr Alice Lakati…
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The FIRST LOVE MOTHERS Group

By Benson Maina Njoroge, Public Health Officer and Supervisor in Kibera, Nairobi I was privileged to attend yet another one of the First Love Mothers group meetings held on Sunday 8th Feb 2015. This followed an invitation from the Chairlady of the group Ms Judy. I arrived early in Kibera where the meeting was to…
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Policy Voices, Part 2: Partnerships and Technology for Better Health

By Benson Maina Njoroge, Public Health Officer and Supervisor in Kibera, Nairobi I have always believed that an open mind can add more meaning and can catch on details that may otherwise slip through our fingers. Since the introduction of the project, Amref Health Africa, the Ministry of Health through the Community Strategy and the…
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Policy Voices, Part 1: Reporting from Kilome sub-County, East Kenya

By Rhoda M. Makato, Community Strategy Focal Person, Kilome sub-County The mCHW project is a mobile intervention that has overcome geographical constraints and provide innovative practice-based tools for training Community Health Volunteers (CHVs). The program has facilitated increased communication and support between CHVs and their supervisors, Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs). In Makueni the Referral…
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Niall Winters on Educational Technology in the Global South

Niall discusses the main findings of his contribution to the HEART Topic Guide on educational technology in developing countries, which was launched on 13 November 2014. The guide offers recommendations to support UK Department for International Development (DFID) advisers on how to strengthen the design, implementation and evaluation of edtech programmes. For more information, see: http://www.heart-resources.org/mmedia/niall-winters-education-technology/…
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Welcoming Hannah to the mCHW project

We’re very glad to welcome Hannah Wanjiru to the project, who has joined us as a researcher on the mCHW project based at Amref Health Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Communication from the University of Nairobi. Prior to joining the project, Hannah worked with the AMREF Kenya as a…
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