On Friday I gave a presentation about OppiaMobile to the TelSpain conference in Madrid. At the conference I meet several colleagues from projects and work I was doing at the Open Uni over 5 or 6 years ago, so was great to meet them again. My presentation was video recorded, so will post up a link to the full video once it is available.
[Cross posting from the Digital Campus blog]
We have just had a research paper accepted and published on “Meeting community health worker needs for maternal health care service delivery using appropriate mobile technologies in Ethiopia”. The paper describes our approach and the technologies used in our recent project working with health extension workers in Ethiopia using mobile technologies for recording and managing maternal care visits. We anticipate that the results and approach outlined in this paper would be of great interest to others working in the field of mobile health.
The full open-access article can be found on the PlosOne website, and here is the abstract:
Mobile health applications are complex interventions that essentially require changes to the behavior of health care professionals who will use them and changes to systems or processes in delivery of care. Our aim has been to meet the technical needs of Health Extension Workers (HEWs) and midwives for maternal health using appropriate mobile technologies tools.
We have developed and evaluated a set of appropriate smartphone health applications using open source components, including a local language adapted data collection tool, health worker and manager user-friendly dashboard analytics and maternal-newborn protocols. This is an eighteen month follow-up of an ongoing observational research study in the northern of Ethiopia involving two districts, twenty HEWs, and twelve midwives.
Most health workers rapidly learned how to use and became comfortable with the touch screen devices so only limited technical support was needed. Unrestricted use of smartphones generated a strong sense of ownership and empowerment among the health workers. Ownership of the phones was a strong motivator for the health workers, who recognised the value and usefulness of the devices, so took care to look after them. A low level of smartphones breakage (8.3%,3 from 36) and loss (2.7%) were reported. Each health worker made an average of 160 mins of voice calls and downloaded 27Mb of data per month, however, we found very low usage of short message service (less than 3 per month).
Although it is too early to show a direct link between mobile technologies and health outcomes, mobile technologies allow health managers to more quickly and reliably have access to data which can help identify where there issues in the service delivery. Achieving a strong sense of ownership and empowerment among health workers is a prerequisite for a successful introduction of any mobile health program.
Some photos from last weeks trip walking in Ordesa National Park and canyoning:
Cross posted from the Digital Campus website:
Through our recent funding from DFID, we are looking to recruit a Digital Content Developer for Primary Healthcare to work with us on this project. A brief overview of the role:
- You will be working with our medical and technical team to create and source high quality primary healthcare training content, activities and assessment for rural health workers in their continuous professional development activities.
- You will ensure that all the training material is prepared to the highest standards of presentation, accuracy and educational value.
- The ideal candidate will have excellent organisational skills and an ability to keep to tight deadlines. Proven experience of instructional design and teaching is essential.
and the key details:
- Contract: 2 year fixed term contract
- Hours: Part-time (20 hours p.w./0.5 FTE)
- Location: Remote (home-based)
- Salary: £26,600 to £28,700 p.a. (pro-rata)
- Closing date: 13 September 2013
You can download the full job advert here: http://digital-campus.org/docs/ad-005.pdf and the job description here: http://digital-campus.org/docs/jd-005.pdf
To apply please send a copy of your CV with a supporting statement and details of 2 references to email@example.com. References will not be taken up until after a job offer has been made.
(Reposted from the Digital Campus website)
To strengthen our financial and grant management, we are currently looking to recruit a volunteer Advisory Board Member with financial management experience. The key skills and experience we are looking for include:
- Experience of providing financial management advice and oversight
- Experience of the not-for-profit/charity sector
- Implementing best practice for managing donor funded projects
- Budgeting, cash flow and financial forecasting
Our expectation is that this role would involve a commitment of 1-2 days per month. The Digital Campus team are all home-based workers, so our board meetings are usually held via skype at the end of each month.
You can view some more details and apply for the position via the CharityJob website. If you have any queries about the role, then please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos from this weekend canyoning in Sierra de Guara, Barranco d’Os Cochas on Saturday (took us just over 12 hours in all) and Barranco Sarratanas on Sunday:
It’s been a long long time since I did any woodworking – bascially since before I first went to Ethiopia several years ago – and wanted to get back into it. It’s a little tricky here in Spain since I’m living in a flat so don’t have the space for a workshop (like I used to have in UK) nor all my tools. But there’s plenty of space out in the garden here, so I’ve just built a new bookcase.
It’s fairly basic design and was easy to build using only a few hand tools – and no screws/nails or glue were used in this. Note that the varying lengths/placement of the shelves is by design – not a mistake! I finished the bookcase using some homemade polish (using the “recipe” here: http://themoderndiylife.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/diy-beeswax-wood-polish-and-sealant.html)
This weekend I was back caving in Cantrabria, doing the Travesía Azpilicueta-Reñada. It was really good to do a traverse (entering via one hole, and exiting via another) rather than always going back up the same way, especially since the initial entrance (Azpilicueta) involves a descent of almost 300m. The final part of the initial descent was quite wet – abseiling through a waterfall. “The Duck” section was apparently unusually dry, but then the final third of the cave was very muddy (as you can see from the photos). In total it took us 10 hours, which was a little longer than we’d first expected – and doesn’t include the couple of hours we spent looking for the entrance in the first place!
On Sunday we spent quite a while cleaning all the equipment up, before heading to the beach at Laredo for a few hours.
Have just spent the weekend up in the Gredos mountains (about 2.5 hours drive from Madrid), hoping to escape the heat of Madrid (it’s been over 36c most of the last week). It was still really hot even up in the mountains, but fortunately there were plenty of places to swim in the river to cool down. On Saturday during the day we spent a few hours walking up Senda de la Garganta de Bohoyo. Then in the early evening we went up to the Laguna de los Caballeros (about 4-5 hours walk), where we slept out just in our sleeping bags – even though it’s over 2000m up, it was warm and dry enough to sleep out, following morning we returned the same way, stopping off for a swim before heading back to Madrid.