A mobile learning intervention for community healthcare workers

Project Objectives

The project’s main research question is: ‘How can the access of poor communities to health care in Kenya be improved by the participatory development of a practice-based mobile learning intervention for community health workers (CHWs) and their supervisors?’

This will be answered by addressing the following six objectives:

1. Identify CHWs’ learning needs and their level of access to existing supervisory provision

2. Determine CHWs’ views on how effective existing supervisory structures are for supporting them to set and pursue their own goals

3. Develop processes and mechanisms for CHWs and their supervisors to engage in the participatory design and implementation of a mobile learning intervention to enable CHWs to deliver health services effectively

4. Detail how mobile-based supervision and training can be embedded within the existing structures of the local primary healthcare system so as they can be most effective in supporting the poverty-relevant practices of CHWs in a sustainable and equitable way

5. Determine how Sen’s Capability Approach can be effectively operationalised to study the use of a mobile learning intervention in support of addressing the informational and health access dimensions of poverty alleviation

6. Detail the main implications and lessons learnt for health policy development on the use of mobile interventions for the supervision and training of CHWs in Kenya