Community eHealth Workers
Community Health Workers (CHWs) are the front line fighters of Tanzania's health system and Leka wants to empower them with digital devices to track neonates so they can survive the first 28 days of life.
390 children under five die each day due to preventable and treatable conditions. A high percentage are neonates whose mortality is increasing in Tanzania. Deploying CHWs with digital devices allows health facilities to track the health of neonates once they are discharged after birth.
Leka has been able to add a SMS pregnancy register to track pregnant women as well to ensure the health of the mother by making sure she attends antenatal care appointments.
Reducing neonatal mortality is the main objective of this campaign.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
The development of a communication platform between Pediatricians at health facilities and Community Health Workers in rural villages has improved the quality of care of mothers and children. Leka will also provide a motorcycle ambulance to facilitate travel between rural households and local health facilities.
The integration of SMS applications, medical record systems and mobile forms in to one platform is the main innovation. Other innovations are providing cellular income generating activities for Community Health Workers.
Leka's system has been able to prevent fatalities among all registered neonates.
Offering full salaries for all Community Health Workers (CHWs) has been the biggest challenge to Leka's initiative.
Running a social campaign is no different from any other campaign. It is actually harder because you serve multiple clients - namely patients and donors in this case.
It is important to build trust and credibility with the community to allow data collection.
It is is vital to work or cooperate with government.