Nokia Data Gathering
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryThe Nokia Data Gathering system enables fast and effective data collection, which is essential to containing the spread of the dengue virus. Development of the software began in the first quarter of 2007 and it was piloted in different regions of Brazil during that same year.
The goals of the project are all about saving time in order to save lives. The Nokia Data Gathering system enables fast and effective data collection, which is essential to containing the spread of the dengue virus in Amazonas, Brazil. It has since been used by over 150 organisations globally in fields such as birth registration, agricultural production monitoring, water surveys and more.
Key program components
In the Amazonas state of Brazil, containing dengue fever is a constant challenge. Both heavy rainfall during most of the year and local methods for storing water in homes have been shown to promote mosquito breeding. The state health department must warn households constantly about the dangers of behaviours that encourage mosquito proliferation. Despite these difficulties, the state is one of the most efficient at containing the spread of the virus relative to other states in Brazil, due partly to its partnership with Nokia on the Data Gathering mHealth initiative.
Development of the software began in the first quarter of 2007 and was piloted in different regions of Brazil during the same year. The Amazonas Health Department undertook the first full implementation of the solution in October 2008.
Data Gathering allows the creation of customized questionnaires, which are distributed to the mobile phones of health agents in the field. When the field workers finish their surveys, they send the data back to the server via a wireless connection, from which it can be integrated into the organization’s existing systems for immediate analysis. Data Gathering also provides GPS location information for each record, which would otherwise require dedicated instruments.
Results of Data Gathering implementation to date are highly encouraging. The project team’s preliminary evaluation has shown that time spent in data gathering was drastically reduced, and end-user acceptability has been very high so far. Even before the full implementation, more than 400 results were gathered during the tests by a team of 20 field professionals in the course of two days, all with GPS information.