Community Health Project (CHP)
Country of Operation
- Invention and Technological Ideas Development Organization (ITIDO)Not-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryCommunity Health Workers (CHWs) are equipped with mobile phones running CommCare, a software application that tracks activity and provides electronic job support during visits.
CHP’s goal is to provide the resources and organizational structure that empower communities to solve the problems that they find most pressing.
Key program components
The Invention and Technological Ideas Development Organization (ITIDO) works hand-in-hand with the community to design CommCare modules and to develop the overall community health project. The most vital links to the community are the CHWs; one indicator of the project’s success is the CHWs enthusiasm and commitment. They recently formed an association, Miyuji Ipagala Chamwino (MIC), named for the three regions they serve. CHWs give 1/5 of their weekly earnings to MIC, which gives out loans to start small businesses. This project currently supports 50 Community Health Workers (CHWs), each serving about 100 households in Dodoma. A small staff of project managers and nurses supervise from a local office. Each CHW receives a small weekly salary based on how many household visits she completes. CommCare contains checklists and simple screening algorithms to reinforce the CHW’s training. It also contains images and audio clips for CHWs to show and play for their clients to help better communicate health messages. Mobile Technology: This project helps drive the development of the open source CommCare Platform, which is being used to strengthen community health programs in Zambia, Mexico, South Africa, India, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Dimagi, Inc has spearheaded the development of CommCare and is continually adding new features. In addition to the phone-based software, CommCare provides supervisory and data management tools. As soon as the CHW enters network coverage, data from every household visit is sent to a centralized server called CommCareHQ. CommCareHQ relays information in real-time to supervisors, sends out alerts and reports to managers, and can be linked to health information systems in the Ministry of Health. Community Engagement: ITIDO works hand-in-hand with the community to design CommCare modules and to develop the overall community health project. CHWs increase health intervention through community health promotion and education provision, and encourage clients/community to attend nearby health facilities.