Category Archives: Blog

The cStock Journey

In 2010 when the Supply Chains for Community Case Management (SC4CCM) project conducted a baseline assessment of the community health supply chain in Malawi, we noticed two notable findings: very low product availability rates but high mobile phone ownership among community health workers – called Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs). Continue reading

World Pneumonia Day 2014 – Universal Access to Pneumonia Prevention and Care

As we commemorate another World Pneumonia Day this November 12, we must acknowledge and mourn the children still dying from what is a largely preventable, or otherwise treatable, illness. Pneumonia is still the #1 infectious killer of children under age 5 globally, responsible for nearly 1 million child deaths annually. Continue reading

Delivering Life-Saving Medicines Through Mobile

An important but often overlooked issue in the global health space is the need to strengthen the medical supply chain, ensuring medicine and medical supplies are available in hospitals, clinics and communities when they are needed. Sounds easy, right? But in developing countries this is a major issue, making it difficult to provide basic health services to patients. Continue reading

Taking the Pulse of cStock

It’s a great measure of success when an mHealth system like cStock gains Ministry of Health support to scale up nationwide. This happened for cStock, the community health worker (CHW)-driven mobile and web-based LMIS developed by the SC4CCM project in Malawi. But even systems with full stakeholder support need to be continuously assessed and managed for data quality, in order to remain relevant and viable for and by users. Continue reading

Rwandan CHW Honored in Second Annual REAL Awards

For the second year in a row, the REAL Awards honored health care workers around the globe. SC4CCM nominated a community health worker (CHW) in Rwanda that we have worked with over the past two years to ensure he has access to life saving medicines and supply chain skills to manage these products. Continue reading

A Manager’s Tool to Improving Community Health Supply Chains

On November 21st 2013, 21 participants from 11 sub-Saharan African countries met in Addis Ababa to participate in the first SC4CCM’s Manager’s Tool Workshop. The Manager’s Tool, which was the focus of the workshop, describes the SC4CCM project’s experiences in Malawi, Rwanda and Ethiopia Continue reading

Quality Improvement Helps CHWs Meet the Medical Supply Needs of Rwanda’s Children

In many countries, community health workers (CHWs) are the last mile of the supply chain and the most difficult to reach with life-saving medications and supplies. Yet it is in these communities that sick children live and where CHWs have the greatest chance to increase child survival. Continue reading

Increasing access to lifesaving treatment for pneumonia – supply chain innovations to consider for World Pneumonia Day

Tomorrow is the Fifth World Pneumonia Day. The Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia designated this year’s theme as Innovating to Fight Child Pneumonia. Innovation is the buzz word these days, so one could be forgiven for rolling one’s eyes and moving quickly onto the next newsworthy item, without considering why innovation is so important for pneumonia. Continue reading

JSI @ APHA 2013: CHWs work community by community to make a big difference in child health

It was great to see a number of sessions at APHA dedicated to the work of community health workers (CHWs) to improve access to services and treatment, specifically for infants and children. A key message that came out of several sessions I attended was that in order to do their important work, CHWs need the strong support of the communities they serve, local leaders, and the government health structures that they operate within. Continue reading

Streamlining the Data Collection Process using Mobile Technology

Evaluators in the 21st century have access to a multitude of innovative technologies for improving the efficiency and quality of data they collect. Mobile data collection has been used in the most remote and surprising settings, from rural Malawi to hospital delivery rooms, and experience from recent years proves this technology is here to stay. Continue reading