Network: Government Program Support
Kean Svay Operational District
Kean Svay Operational District disseminates the health policies of Ministry of Health and the government to the local health facilities, citizens, local authorities, so that they’re informed of the policies, strategies and planning that they can help implemented.
Since 2010, the iLab Southeast Asia team has collaborated and support the Kean Svay OD to utilize InSTEDD’s Reporting Wheel and GeoChat for infectious diseases reporting. Using a combination of GeoChat and the Reporting Wheel, 18 health centers in the Kien Svay Operational District (OD) are able to use SMS to easily and rapidly send in their weekly disease reports to their respective headquarters. These health centers are using GeoChat to facilitate public health communications about more than a dozen infectious diseases in 3 different districts of Cambodia: Kien Svay, Leuk Daek, and Lvea Aem.
National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control (CENAT)
The Organization: The National Center for Tuberculosis & Leprosy Control (CENAT) is part of the Ministry of Health in Cambodia. The department seeks to improve the health of the Cambodian people in order to contribute to socio-economic development and poverty reduction in Cambodia by reducing the morbidity and the mortality due to Tuberculosis and Leprosy.
The relationship: In partnership with the Family Health International (FHI), we developed The TB Lab Result Alert System. The TB Lab Result Alert System is a web based application with SMS capabilities that enables a user at a local health center to send information about the TB smear to the system as well as providing a way for the lab technician to send lab results via SMS to the system (using Nuntium gateways connected to local mobile operators). This online system also provides the ability for health workers at the national level to view reports, manage users and locations as well as use specific template message settings.
Cambodia Ministry of Health (CDC)
The organization: The Cambodian Ministry of Health is the government ministry responsible for governing healthcare, the healthcare industry, public health, and health-related NGOs within the country. The Ministry governs and regulates the activities of medical professionals, hospitals and clinics in the country. The Ministry maintains 24 provincial health departments and its main offices are located in Phnom Penh.
The relationship: As the lead for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance network, the Cambodia Communicable Disease Control (CDC) Department was one of InSTEDD’s first implementing partners in Southeast Asia. We support CDC communication needs using GeoChat and other customized tools such as hotlines and mobile reports.
The National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD Control (NCHADS)
The organization: The National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD Control (NCHADS) is the focal point within the Cambodian Ministry of Health with lead responsibility for recommending and implementing policies and strategies for the health sector response to HIV, AIDS, and other STDs. Through the management of effective health services, NCHADS works to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of STDs and HIV as well as provide care and support for those already infected . It conforms to the coordinating strategy of the National AIDS Authority (NAA) and works in partnership with other Government Ministries, Donor Bodies and Provincial Health Departments. The Center manages the disbursement of program and government funds according to previously approved work plans, under its Strategic Plan. Subsequently, it monitors and reviews progress against those plans, taking action to achieve conformance where necessary. Additionally, NCHADS has responsibility for the management of the National Dermatology and STD Clinic.
The relationship: Since 2008, NCHADS and InSTEDD have been working together to develop a system to improve information sharing. InSTEDD is actively engaged in Cambodia in support of the National Health Information Systems Strategic plan through a PEPFAR central grant. As part of this collaboration the iLab Southeast Asia has been providing NCHADS with adaptive technical assistance to support its strategies for future development of Health Information Systems (HIS). In light of this already close relationship, NCHADS utilized the services of the iLab Southeast Asia to develop the Data Aggregation Application.
We have designed and built extensions to NCHADS’ HIV patient databases to integrate the contribution of village community health workers providing home-based care into a workflow to remind patients of treatment and testing appointments via text messages as well as mobile phone applications. We continue working with NCHADS on health system strengthening, which includes piloting patient identifier systems, establishing national data warehouses, and the deployment of medical record systems.
The National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM)
The organization: The National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, formally called National Malaria Centre (CNM), is a specialized institution set up by the Cambodian Ministry of Health, to function as the nodal department responsible for the control of vector borne diseases. This includes investigation, training and supervision of health staff and other interventions. CNM coordinates four main programs; malaria, dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF), filariasis and schistosomiasis and intestinal parasitic infections.
The relationship: In partnership with the Malaria Consortium and CamGSM Co. Ltd (also known as Mobitel), we developed The Malaria Day Zero Alert System. The Malaria Day Zero Alert System is a web-based application that enables health center staff (HC) and village malaria workers (VMWs) in provincial villages to report malaria cases via SMS text alerts to a centralized system. Once centralized, malaria case reports can be resent to areas where outbreaks are suspected, as well as elevated up to the national level where emergency action can be taken if necessary.
National Veterinary Research Institute, Department of Animal Health and Production (NaVRI)
The organization: The Department of Animal Health and Production (DAHP) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is responsible for animal health services and has the major role in the management of animal health disease outbreaks in Cambodia. Veterinary epidemiological and diagnostic services within DAHP are provided by the National Animal Veterinary Research Institute (NaVRI). The mandate of NaVRI is to conduct surveillance and research, investigate disease outbreaks, and consolidate information on all matters pertaining to animal health and production and food safety.
The relationship: We worked with the National Veterinary Research Institute (NaVRI) on their animal surveillance system, to develop a new prototype and conduct field evaluations of an automated national animal surveillance system using smart phones. We developed a hotline application for the hotline operator used to easily capture the information that a caller on the hotline was reporting. The operator put the information into the smartphone application we developed while the caller reported the information, therefore setting up a near real time information capture system.
US Center for Disease Control
The organization: The CDC Global AIDS Program and the Royal Government of Cambodia began a partnership in 2002 to support prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, blood and injection safety, and voluntary confidential counseling and testing programs; strengthen clinical care, palliative care, and TB/HIV programs; and build laboratory and strategic information capacity.
The relationship: We provide the technology support for the Health Informatics Public Private Partnership (HI-PPP) program in Cambodia, as well as technical advice and informal project assessments on smaller initiatives.