http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/promoted-by-category/307/rss.xml?tid=2686 en Helping Women Get Online (HWGO) Project http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/helping-women-get-online-hwgo-project <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/hwgo.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="51" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>"The digitally literate women can bring about a lot of change in culture, thinking and social welfare."</p> <p>Through collaboration between Google and the Digital Empowerment Foundation DEF, amongst other partners (see below),&nbsp; with training through Community Information Resource Center (CIRC) of women, adolescent girls, and "dropout" girls across India, <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.hwgo.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Helping Women Go Online (HWGO</a>) aims to:</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HWGO website is linked to a video channel on YouTube, which also carries instructional content (see Related Summaries below, as well as the video sample). The first step after the development of the website was a mass media campaign focused on women to promote the specially designed website, hosting "content covering the very basics of Internet and special content that is relevant for women in India, available both in Hindi and English." According to Google India, "women can also call a toll free helpline number 1800 41 999 77 to get answers for any queries that they may have about the Internet."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The next step has involved a pilot training programme in the villages of Bhilwara in Rajasthan, which covered girl students in the age group of 13 to 18, housewives, and working women. "Basic Internet training content was created in Hindi to help the women understand how they can use the Internet in their day to day lives... Women were trained on basic Internet applications such as search, videos and email. Rajiv Gandhi Seva Kendras which are government run Internet centers across Bhilwara were used for the purpose."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Research is planned to track the impact of the initiative on women in India.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here is an example of an instruction video available on the website and video channel:</p> <object width="560" height="315"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/y8t2XDA4kLA?hl=en_GB&amp;version=3" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/y8t2XDA4kLA?hl=en_GB&amp;version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560" height="315" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Women, Gender, New Technologies</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The initiative aims to help 50 million women get online by the end of 2014. The initiative was piloted in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, with a training of 100,000 women across two and a half months covering over 300 educational institutes, 500 households, 50+ villages, as well as the town of Bhilwara.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google India, DEF, Community Information Resource Center (CIRC), Intel, Hindustan Unilever (HUL), Axis Bank, IMRB (formerly "Indian Market Research Bureau"), (for website content: Johnson &amp; Johnson, Indiatimes.com, Healthkart.com, and Babyoye.com)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/helping-women-get-online-hwgo-0">Helping Women Get Online (HWGO)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/helping-women-get-online-hwgo-website-and-video-channel">Helping Women Get Online (HWGO) website and Video Channel</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report-google-looks-to-empower-women-in-india-launches-help-get-women-online-initiative-1922112" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">dna website</a> of Diligent Media Corporation, August 29 2014, and email from DEF to The Communication Initiative on August 29 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/helping-women-get-online-hwgo-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/helping-women-get-online-hwgo-project#comments India Experiences Access Digital Film and Video MDG 2. Universal Primary Education MDG 3. Gender Equality Community Groups Phone/Mobile News/Information Education Foundations Gender NGOs Private Sector New Technologies Women Featured Global ICT for Development Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:07:02 +0000 jlevy 9350764 at http://www.comminit.com Helping Women Get Online (HWGO) website and Video Channel http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/helping-women-get-online-hwgo-website-and-video-channel <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-text-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ongoing since 2014</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/steps_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="57" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Helping Women Get Online (HWGO) is a website, YouTube video channel ,and training project (see Related Summaries below) aimed to increase knowledge and access of Indian women to information and communication technology (ICT) usage through the internet and a telephone hotline.</p> <p>The website includes a step-by-step guide, covering, for example: how to use a computer, how to use the internet, how to find useful information online, and how to send an email.</p> <p>The aims are to:</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-htmllink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.hwgo.com/" target="_blank">Click here to access this website.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/helping-women-get-online-hwgo">Helping Women Get Online (HWGO)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>English and three Indian languages including Hindi</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/helping-women-get-online-hwgo-0">Helping Women Get Online (HWGO)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/helping-women-get-online-hwgo-project">Helping Women Get Online (HWGO) Project </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report-google-looks-to-empower-women-in-india-launches-help-get-women-online-initiative-1922112" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">dna website</a> of Diligent Media Corporation, August 29 2014, and email from the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) to The Communication Initiative on August 29 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/helping-women-get-online-hwgo-website-and-video-channel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/helping-women-get-online-hwgo-website-and-video-channel#comments India Materials Access Digital Film and Video MDG 2. Universal Primary Education MDG 3. Gender Equality Community Groups Phone/Mobile News/Information Education Foundations Gender New Technology Company NGOs Private Sector New Technologies Women Featured Global ICT for Development Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:55:12 +0000 jlevy 9350763 at http://www.comminit.com Children, ICT and Development: Capturing the Potential, Meeting the Challenges http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/children-ict-and-development-capturing-potential-meeting-challenges <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/unicef_10.jpg" alt="" title="" width="82" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dorothea Kleine </div> <div class="field-item even"> David Hollow </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sammia Poveda </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tuesday, January 1, 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>IT4D Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London (Kleine, Poveda), Jigsaw Consult (Hollow)</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>This study on information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones, computers, and the internet, examines the ways in which these tools can contribute to child-focused development goals. The <span> United Nations Children's Fund (</span>UNICEF) Office of Research - Innocenti initiated the study in collaboration with the ICT4D [ICT for Development] Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London and Jigsaw Consult. It is a mapping review of recent literature and expert opinion obtained through 35 in-depth interviews.</p> <p>Themes include:</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/pdf/unicef_royalholloway_ict4dreport_final.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to read this 70-page document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/275851">UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r= http://www.unicef-irc.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> The UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti website</a>, August 28 2014. <em>Image credit</em>: ©UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0918/Dormino</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/children-ict-and-development-capturing-potential-meeting-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/children-ict-and-development-capturing-potential-meeting-challenges#comments Global Strategic Thinking Academic Institutions Access Advocacy Digital Basic Education for All Children MDG 2. Universal Primary Education Quality Early Learning to Scale MDG 3. Gender Equality Civil Society Equity Phone/Mobile Development Assistance Economic Development Education MDG 8. Global Partnership Government Departments Research Gender NGOs Private Sector New Technologies United Nations Rights Featured UNICEF Global Children, Equity and Development Early Child Development ICT for Development Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:22:32 +0000 jlevy 9350746 at http://www.comminit.com Virtual Consultations: Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/event/virtual-consultations-communication-development-community-media-and-icts-family-farming-an <div class="field field-type-date field-field-event-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-start">Aug 25 2014</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">Oct 6 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/yenkasaarticle.png" alt="" title="Virtual Consultations: Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development" width="100" height="52" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Online</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/communication-development-food-and-agriculture-organization">Communication for Development - Food and Agriculture Organization</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/268157">World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/event/virtual-consultations-communication-development-community-media-and-icts-family-farming-an" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/event/virtual-consultations-communication-development-community-media-and-icts-family-farming-an#comments Global Events Calendar Access Advocacy Agriculture Digital MDG 1. Poverty and Hunger Community Participation Livelihoods Network Voice Community Media News/Information News Media Natural Resources Management United Nations Featured Global ICT for Development Natural Resource Management Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:29:37 +0000 kdevries 9350698 at http://www.comminit.com Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America 2013 http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/zero-eight-childrens-media-use-america-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/uskids.jpg" alt="" title="Zero to Eight: Children&#039;s Media Use in America 2013" width="100" height="30" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle-st"> <div class="field-label">Subtitle:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Common Sense Media Research Study </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Victoria Rideout </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, October 28, 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>VJR Consulting</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"...[T]he media children use can have a profound impact - both positive and negative - on learning, social development, and behavior. The only way to maximize the positive impact of media on children is to have an accurate understanding of the role it plays in their lives: which platforms they are using, the activities or content they are engaging on those platforms, and how their media use patterns vary by age, gender, or socioeconomic status."</em></p> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/seeta-pai-common-sense-media">Seeta Pai - Common Sense Media </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/ict-4-development/node/289942">Victoria Rideout - VJR Consulting</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Emails from Seeta Pai and Victoria Rideout to The Communication Initiative on October 29 2013 and August 24 2014, respectively.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/zero-eight-childrens-media-use-america-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/zero-eight-childrens-media-use-america-2013#comments United States Trends Access Country Trends Digital Children Entertainment Phone/Mobile Print Education Television NGOs Featured Global Children, Equity and Development Early Child Development ICT for Development Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:06:05 +0000 kdevries 9350637 at http://www.comminit.com The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/right-privacy-digital-age <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/wacc_2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="69" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, June 30, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>"Deep concerns have been expressed as policies and practices that exploit the vulnerability of digital communications technologies to electronic surveillance and interception in countries across the globe have been exposed."</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session27/Documents/A.HRC.27.37_en.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to read this 16-page document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/office-united-nations-high-commissioner-human-rights-ohchr">Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://waccglobal.org/articles/un-report-asks-what-price-privacy-today" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The World Association for Christian Communication website</a>, August 12 2014. <em>Image credit</em>: Connie Zhou</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/right-privacy-digital-age" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/right-privacy-digital-age#comments Global Strategic Thinking Access Advocacy Digital MDG 8. Global Partnership Government Departments New Technology Company Private Sector New Technologies United Nations Rights Featured Global ICT for Development Media Development Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:13:15 +0000 jlevy 9350438 at http://www.comminit.com Using Technology for Social Good: An Exploration of Best Practice in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/using-technology-social-good-exploration-best-practice-use-information-and-communication <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/haiti_0.jpg" alt="" title="Using Technology for Social Good: An Exploration of Best Practice in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development" width="100" height="54" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adele Waugaman </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-year"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Catalyst Advisory, LLC</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>From United Methodist Communications (UMCom), this discussion paper explores the use of information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool for economic and social development. It captures "best practice" in the use of mobile phones and other low-cost communications technologies through a series of interviews with 8 experts and practitioners whose interviews are featured as part of the UMCom blog series Best Practice in ICT4D: A Conversation, which can be found online <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.umcom.org/bestict4d" target="_blank">here</a>. Amongst the interviewees:</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.umcom.org/contact/best-practices-ict" target="_blank">Click here in order to fill out a free form that will enable you to download this 36-page document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/united-methodist-communications-umcom-ict4d-program">United Methodist Communications (UMCom) - ICT4D Program</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.umcom.org/global-communications/using-technology-for-social-good" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">United Methodist Communications website</a>, August 11 2014. <em>Image caption/credit</em>: "Students work in the computer lab at the Thomas Food Project in Thomas, Haiti. The program is part of a United Methodist Communications effort to use technology for development. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose"</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/using-technology-social-good-exploration-best-practice-use-information-and-communication" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/using-technology-social-good-exploration-best-practice-use-information-and-communication#comments Global Strategic Thinking Access Digital MDG 1. Poverty and Hunger Global Trends Network Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Economic Development News/Information Education Health Religious Groups New Technologies Featured Global ICT for Development Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:56:24 +0000 kdevries 9350407 at http://www.comminit.com eHealth and Innovation in Women's and Children's Health: A Baseline Review http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/ehealth-and-innovation-womens-and-childrens-health-baseline-review <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/ehealthpics.jpg" alt="" title="eHealth and Innovation in Women&#039;s and Children&#039;s Health: A Baseline Review" width="100" height="57" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Saturday, March 1, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><em>"This report shows how, on a daily basis, eHealth innovations are improving access to care and assisting women to take control of their own health...[T]hrough the use of ICTs, health-care professionals and the women and children they care for, are better able to share important health information as well as communicate amongst themselves more easily and effectively."</em></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.who.int/goe/publications/baseline_fullreport/en/" 0="a:0:{}" target="_blank">Click here in order to download the full PDF report in PDF format, as well as an executive summary, an alphabetical list of the country insights, and references for country profile indicators.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/global-observatory-ehealth-goe">Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/goe/publications/baseline_fullreport/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WHO website</a>, August 7 2014. <em>Image credits (left to right)</em>: ©AJ Cotton, Dreamstime; ©Pinky Patel, Photoshare; ©WHO; ©David Alexander, Photoshare</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/ehealth-and-innovation-womens-and-childrens-health-baseline-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/ehealth-and-innovation-womens-and-childrens-health-baseline-review#comments India Rwanda Zambia Global Strategic Thinking Access Country Trends Digital Impact Evaluation Data Conflict Network Child Survival and Growth MDG 4. Child Mortality Voice Indicators Interpersonal MDG 5. Maternal Health Phone/Mobile HIV/AIDS and Children News/Information New Technology Company Health Immunisation and Vaccines United Nations Women Featured World Health Organization Global Children, Equity and Development HIV / AIDS ICT for Development Polio Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:51:11 +0000 kdevries 9350310 at http://www.comminit.com Family Health Map: Immunisation Chart http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/family-health-map-immunisation-chart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/rfl-7.jpg" alt="" title="Family Health Map: Immunisation Chart" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"Child health records help ensure every child receives the vaccines they need to live a healthy and productive life. However, many health records are lost or destroyed, not accurately maintained, or are simply too confusing to read."</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Family Health Map is meant to work as a bridge between two existing child health record systems in Ghana: connecting the print vaccination record - Child Health Record (the Green Booklet) and MOTECH mobile phone system records to the information recorded in the booklet. (<a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://motechsuite.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">MOTECH</a> is an open source, mobile-phone-based health information system). To inform the process, primary researchers from Moment interviewed parents and healthcare workers experienced in caring for families in countries including the United States, Ghana, Zambia, Mali, Senegal, Guatemala, and Bangladesh. Secondary researchers gathered information on existing health record systems, mobile-phone-based healthcare systems, and durable materials for printing. The findings of the research revealed the following list of constraints and requirements:</p> <ul> <li>Reduce the amount of time health workers spend on paperwork</li> <li>Select a format that is easy to manufacture</li> <li>Keep technology requirements to a minimum</li> <li>Help to enhance the caregiver's memory</li> <li>Provide a highly visual solution</li> <li>Facilitate easy entry of new information, especially additional vaccines</li> <li>Create a solution that is easy to read, interpret, and use</li> <li>Provide value for healthcare workers and caregivers</li> <li>Include a physical artifact that keeps track of vaccines</li> <li>Recommend a material that is resistant to water and oil</li> </ul> <p>Because the healthcare workers that Moment researchers interviewed repeatedly emphasised the lack of resources available to clinic workers, they sought to improve accuracy while simultaneously decreasing the paperwork burden on healthcare providers. Thus, the timeline layout of the immunisation chart ensures that a healthcare provider only needs to complete one column during a single visit. Color-coding and iconography individuate vaccine doses, and small details like slashes in date fields encourage legibility without increasing workload. Integration with MOTECH streamlines availability of records across locations. Also, the redesign of the Green Booklet is intended to lighten the cognitive load of interpreting the table indicating the schedule of required vaccines by leveraging people's ability to parse information visually. Designers recommend that the vaccination record be placed at the front of the booklet, in foldout form, so that health workers, parents, and surveyors can access it more quickly.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With the goal of improving legibility of the immunisation chart for families, as well as usability for healthcare workers, designers placed a space at the bottom of each date column for the health worker to note the next upcoming appointment. This space is differentiated from the rest of the page with bolder, black lines and curved corners in an attempt to decrease the potential for confusion between appointments and vaccine dosage dates by isolating the area parents need to check. Along the top of the chart, icons mark milestones along the journey of expected child development. In addition to helping parents understand the timing of appointments and vaccinations, these checkpoints are meant to provide educational content and invite parents to take an active interest in their child's vaccination progress. They also provide a supplementary means of tracking appointments for parents with low literacy skills. During the first year of a child's life, MOTECH provides the family with appointment alerts, reminders to seek care, and ways to address the challenges of infant care; Moment recommends that it continue to provide this information through the child's second year within a coordinated system with the redesigned immunisation chart.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Noting that researchers and surveyors rely on accurate immunisation records, the redesigned features of the chart include colours and chronological organisation that are meant to clearly connect vaccines with their administration dates and their batch numbers. Symbols reinforce the visual system in an effort to ensure that the document is legible, even if copied in black and white.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The immunisation chart also includes a space to record the unique ID number that MOTECH assigns to each baby that is born to a mother enrolled in the system. By recording this number in the Green Booklet, the goal is to establish a direct connection between the information printed there and the information retrieved by mobile phone. Inclusion of the MOTECH ID number in this redesigned immunisation chart has the purpose of allowing parents, healthcare workers, and surveyors to retrieve sustainable, detailed vaccination and health records.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Immunisation and Vaccines</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For this project, Moment was recognised as a finalist in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's global design competition to improve child health records, Records for Life. Criteria for eligibility included key demographic and immunisation information, and submissions were judged on clarity, adaptability of the record, durability, and value to caregivers and health workers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/moment">Moment</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.momentdesign.com//blog/records-life-designing-future-health#.U-NjWKMvfTp" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Records for Life: Designing the Future of Health</a>, by Caroline Brown and Beatriz Vizcaino, April 23 2014, sourced from <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Development/Vaccine-Delivery/Records-for-Life" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gates Foundation website</a>, in turn sourced from <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/immunization/GIN_April_2014.pdf?ua=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Global Immunization News (GIN), April 2014 [PDF].</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/family-health-map-immunisation-chart" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/family-health-map-immunisation-chart#comments Ghana Experiences Access Children Child Survival and Growth MDG 4. Child Mortality Phone/Mobile Print News/Information Health Immunisation and Vaccines Private Sector Featured Global Children, Equity and Development ICT for Development Polio Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:49:23 +0000 kdevries 9350305 at http://www.comminit.com mHealth Support Tools for Improving the Performance of Frontline Health Workers: An Inventory and Analytical Review http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mhealth-support-tools-improving-performance-frontline-health-workers-inventory-and-analy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/files/imagecache/thumbnail/mhealthpic.jpg" alt="" title="mHealth Support Tools for Improving the Performance of Frontline Health Workers: An Inventory and Analytical Review" width="100" height="77" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hima Batavia </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nadi Kaonga </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Saturday, March 1, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>mHealth Alliance</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the goal of providing a foundation for further investigation into the use of mobile health tools to support the performance and accountability of front-line health workers (FLHWs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), this mHealth Alliance report outlines research that involved a 3-pronged approach:</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.mhealthalliance.org/images/content/publications/1822-Inventory-and-Landscape-Report-v6-JH-screen-spreads.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 32-page report in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ict-4-development/content/mhealth-alliance">mHealth Alliance</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://c4dnetwork.ning.com/this-week-s-member-forum-postings/new-publication-mhealth-support-tools-for-improving-the-performan?xg_source=msg_mes_network" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Communication for Development Network</a>, posted April 23 2014 and accessed August 6 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mhealth-support-tools-improving-performance-frontline-health-workers-inventory-and-analy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/ict-4-development/content/mhealth-support-tools-improving-performance-frontline-health-workers-inventory-and-analy#comments East Africa India Global Strategy Evaluations Evaluations Access Children Community Participation MDG 4. Child Mortality Voice Interpersonal MDG 5. Maternal Health Phone/Mobile MDG 6. Combat Diseases Situation Analysis Question News/Information Health HIV AIDS NGOs Reproductive Health Featured Global Children, Equity and Development Digital Health Health ICT for Development Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:23:08 +0000 kdevries 9350297 at http://www.comminit.com