Enabling timely storage and sharing of information related to health service delivery
Project start date : 03/03/2014
Beneficiary country : Nigeria
About the project
For many years, healthcare delivery in Kano State in Northern Nigeria was hampered by poor communication flow among healthcare workers. This left many underserved communities with little or no access to health services. Health decision makers had difficulty getting timely information from practitioners – as a result, many Nigerians were prevented from receiving vaccines and other essential medical supplies. In response, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), eHA developed the Kano Connect platform to improve communication between the staff of the Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board (KSPHCMB) at various levels – from state to health facilities. eHA distributed over 1,416 phones in a customized Closed User Group (CUG) to healthcare workers, enabling them to share and store timely information using the Kano Connect platform. Each phone is equipped with Open Data Kit (ODK), an app which allows the healthcare workers to easily submit data regarding healthcare planning or vaccine management via questionnaires. eHA also trained health workers across Kano State to use the applications on the Android platforms. The Kano Connect dashboard is an analytic tool for visualizing the different data reported by Kano Connect users. The dashboard enables end-user-managers to monitor key performance indicators that convey how well the different Zones, Local Government Areas (LGAs), and Health Facilities (HFs) are performing. Since the platform’s development Kano Connect has significantly improved timely reporting, accountability, and overall effectiveness of the health sector; for example, 1227 out of 1416 (87%) of users trained are actively using the platform. The Kano State Government is, as a result, better able to collect, track, and act on key health performance indicators.
Healthcare delivery in Northern Nigeria has been hampered by poor communication flow among healthcare workers. This has left many underserved communities with little or no access to health services.
This solution improves the timeliness, accountability, and overall effectiveness of reporting across the health sector in Kano State.
N/C Full-Time equivalents
2 Service providers
Number of beneficiaries since launch