Country of Operation
- Millennium Villages ProjectNot-for-profit
SummaryChildCount+ is an mHealth platform developed by the Millennium Villages Project aimed at empowering communities to improve child survival and maternal health.
The program uses SMS messages to facilitate and coordinate the activities of community-based healthcare providers, and to register patients and their health status on a central web dashboard that provides a real-time view of the health of a community. Automated alerts help reduce gaps in treatment. They are also introducing applications that create access to health manuals and reinforce training on topics ranging from family planning, reproductive health, care for new-borns, malnutrition, etc. 5 goals are: register every child under 5, screen for malnutrition every 90 days, monintor for diarrhea and malaria, pneumonia, full child immunization support, and record all births/deaths locally.
Key program components
ChildCount supports the delivery of CMAM (community-based management of acute malnutrition) programmes; home-based testing for malaria using Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits and immediate dispersal of treatments; and home-based treatment of children with diarrheal illness. CHWs used SMS messages to register patients and sent in their data with the ultimate goal of improving child health and empowering community health workers. The more recent ChildCount+ added support for maternal health. ChildCount+ aims to operate in the following 5 areas: 1. Register every child and pregnant woman - Create a “living” registry of all children under five and pregnant women in a community. This list provides the basis for community health teams to monitor the health status of their children and women who are to give birth. 2. Screen for malnutrition every 90 days - Record the MUAC of every child from 6 months to 5 years every 90 days. 3. Monitor for malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia – track and treat the three major preventable causes of death in children under 5. 4. Full child immunization support - Group all children in monthly age groups to know when a particular immunization is due. Record all immunizations and follow up with all children who are behind with their immunization schedule. Help manage vaccination campaigns. 5. Record all births and deaths.