FONGWAMA : Programme de lutte contre le paludisme
Actively working to reinforce the fight against malaria in Congo
Project start date : 22/06/2015
Beneficiary country : Congo (the)
About the project
Fongwama supports the fight against malaria by using digital technologies to: • Raise awareness and inform the public. • Collect data. • Support research in the fight against malaria.Two applications have been developed as part of this initiative:1. The EduPalu application is designed for the entire population, providing: § Clear information on malaria in the Congo. § ‘Basic’ training, in edutainment style, in what the disease is: quiz, parasite hunt. § Help in locating health clinics and pharmacies.2. The DensiPara application makes it possible to calculate parasite density (estimating the plasmodial load) in an individual infected with malaria. This application is made available to laboratory technicians and is useful for diagnosing malaria by microscopy.
Problems to be solved:DensiPara makes it possible to avoid lab-technician errors in calculating parasitic density and to archive information (in compliance with WHO standards).EduPalu provides access to information for malaria prevention (clear, easy-access information); it also uses edutainment (parasite hunt) and supports access to care (geolocation of pharmacies).
Facilitate information access through mobile phone use: The Fongwama web platform develops and publishes open-source applications, available for free, permanent download by anyone. The Fongwama platform is made possible by a Congolese free-software community.
6 Full-Time equivalents
5 Service providers
Number of beneficiaries since launch