Routine Infectious Disease Reporting
Date: August 2010 — Present
Technologies: GeoChat + Reporting Wheel
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.
In addition to bottom up disease reporting described above, GeoChat is also being used for top down information sharing. The Operational District lead uses GeoChat to send information that they receive at the national level about upcoming meetings, events or critical information to the health centers, all through SMS.
Before GeoChat and the Reporting Wheel were utilized to facilitate public health communications, a combination of VHF radios (walkie-talkies) and paper based reporting systems were the tools were used.
This method was slower and error prone, making it a much less effective system. Now that InSTEDD’s tools are used to support public health communications, the healthcare workers are better able to see emerging outbreaks, share information about prevention and treatment as well as coordinate responses with their teams, which enhances their ability to save more lives.
Bellow are the photos activities of this project: