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Frontline Health Workers Use Technology to Improve Care

As a frontline health worker in Malawi, Petro Kangulu is one of approximately 4,000 health surveillance assistants (HSA) focused on improving the health of people in his community by providing community case management (CCM) for common childhood illnesses. Continue reading

cStock: Increasing Data Visibility at the Last Mile

Community health workers often juggle many tasks, from navigating difficult rural roads, to carrying medicines long distances, to diagnosing and treating children for common childhood illnesses. Submitting information to higher levels of the health system on conditions treated, number of cases seen and products dispensed is therefore seen as an additional burden. Continue reading

Creating Local Solutions for Community Supply Chains – Meet the Rwandan Heroes

If you are working in supply chain, there have been probably been numerous times where you have been tempted to point a finger upwards, outwards, away to anyone else to say they are the problem. The central medical store, the district, the quantification task force anyone else but me is the reason why I always run out of products. Continue reading

Pulling and Pushing – Getting products into patients’ hands

There is a lot of misplaced emotion associated with the terms pulling versus pushing of health care commodities. When we envision a health care worker who has pulled commodities we usually think of an empowered spunky health worker who has the right information on his consumption trends and the right tools at hand to calculate his order… Continue reading

Making quantification reviews part of the annual process: a recent success story from Malawi

I recently returned from Malawi where the project participated in a quantification review for the CCM program organized by the MOH. It was organized as a two and a half day workshop where stakeholders reviewed the inputs to the annual quantification… Continue reading

Why Pediatric CCM products?

CCM protocols advise community health workers on how to treat children from two months to five years of age for the most common illnesses. Whereas other programs attempt to increase access to products for an affected population, usually adults or adults and adolescents, this program is focused just on infants and… Continue reading