In a project that was first announced in the summer of 2011, female community health workers (CHW) will be using cell phones to help track, prevent, and treat malaria in parts of Bambako, Mali. The expected outcomes include :
- A mobile application in local language for data collection
- 50 community healthworkers trained on mobile data collection
- 10 medical staff trained on using ICT and data analysis
- Child mortality in the two target areas reduced by 30%
My concerns with the use of cell phones deal with what we have discussed in class and the articles we have been reading this past week. If these are poor neighborhoods, how do we ensure that the cell phones can stay charged, or even have the capacity to send the messages (is there service available in these areas). Additionally, from previous research, I know that the use of individualized numbers is not always the best idea because people lose track of them, especially if they are not used to them and they have six children, all of whom have different IDs.