NATIONAL INTEGRATED COMMUNITY mHEALTH PLATFORM (MICmHP)
In Tanzania practitioners and policy makers are well aware of the benefits and challenges of using mobile phones to improve health outcomes. The mHealth partner and project landscape is very diverse, 120 different registered projects pinpoint that. As maternal and newborn child health is clearly a challenge that is also still pertaining to our Tanzanian context, improving maternal and newborn child health through using mobile phones has been a key focus for many. Yet, despite existing guiding structures such as a National eHealth Policy and Framework, many of these mHealth solutions are not integrated, neither amongst themselves, nor within the health system.
Enhancing the efficiency of services delivery for mothers and children
The innovation factory has provided an opportunity to think beyond. Inspired to make a change to the lives of mothers and children, the team of professionals from the Ministry and the mHealth Community of Practice, has set themselves the meaningful goal to integrate several successful digital mHealth information systems to enhance the efficiency of services delivery for mothers and children. In order to do so, the plan is to establish a National Integrated Community mHealth Platform (NICmHP) – first of its kind – that integrates and builds upon different digital solutions to create a uniform mHealth eco-system. What’s more, data derived through this platform will eventually be integrated with Tanzania’s District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) and thus contribute to improving data availability and thereby inform policy making.
Eventually, the team aspires at making use of disruptive technologies, in particular, humanitarian use of drones and items from 3D printing (like a nasal aspirators used at birth) for delivery of medicines and essential commodities in emergencies.
To find out more about the projects, click on the flags below.