Fondation Pierre Fabre

To improve timely and accurate case-based disease reporting in Liberia

Main beneficiary country:
Liberia

About the sponsor

eHealth Africa

Founded in 2009, eHA’s mission is to build stronger health systems through the design and implementation of data-driven solutions that respond to local needs and provide underserved communities with tools to lead healthier lives. Based in Africa, eHA achieves its mission through establishing new standards in health delivery and emergency response through the integration of information, technology, and operations.

eHA has country offices in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Germany and works across West Africa and are currently executing projects in many countries in the region, including Chad, Cameroon, DRC, Niger, and others. eHealth Africa has over 700 staff working across these offices and project offices. Leveraging an integrated approach as much as possible, eHA focuses on the following 5 areas:

  • Health Delivery Systems
  • Public Health Emergency Management Systems
  • Disease Surveillance Systems
  • Laboratory & Diagnostic Systems
  • Nutrition & Food Security Systems

Sector: Health: Healthcare professionals and structures

Country of origin: Nigeria

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The organisation has:

0
Full-Time Equivalent
5
Employees
0
Volunteer
10
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Case-based disease reporting

Stage of development:

Area where initiative is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Initiative start date

  • 07/03/2017

Financing

Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Donations

About the initiative

A lack of timely and accurate health data reporting hinders health decision-making and preparedness for public health emergencies.

The Offline Tracker functions offline, allowing DSOs to store reports even when connectivity is unavailable.

eHA is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners to support the Liberian Ministry of Health to strengthen surveillance for all priority diseases and to improve preparedness for potential health emergencies. In Liberia, eHA is contributing to the development of an electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance and Reporting (eIDSR) application to improve disease reporting by healthcare workers (HCWs). Upon this system’s rollout, eHA will also be providing training and mentorship for users of the eIDSR app, in order to decrease reporting mistakes and increase near real-time submission of health data. eHA’s software developers created the Offline Tracker app for District Surveillance Officers (DSOs) to submit timely and accurate case reports. As the name suggests, the app is designed to function offline when connectivity is unavailable, storing completed reports to the device. The app detects when a network connection becomes available and then automatically syncs with the DHIS2 server. As a result of eHA’s eIDSR work in Liberia, HCWs and DSOs will be better able to submit timely and more accurate health data to their supervisors and the MOH, thereby advancing health decision making in both countries.

Fields of application:

Patient monitoring and medical data

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)

Initiative objectives

  • Timely and accurate health data

Key figures

92 Number of beneficiaries since launch

Materials used

  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

Offline use

Yes

Open Source

Yes

Open Data

No

Independent evaluation

No

Partners

Collaborators

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