Handheld Computers for Malaria Monitoring (Mozambique)

Malaria is the principal cause of morbidity and mortality in Mozambique and is considered a major impediment to development. The effectiveness of any malaria control program depends on reliable data delivered in timely fashion, something that is currently lacking in the nation's health service.

This grant will allow the project partners to introduce the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs) or handheld computers at the district level in the Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative (LSDI) Malaria Program area in Maputo and Gaza provinces. District health personnel will receive a short training course on the use of the handheld computer, and customized data collection tools will be developed by SatelLife. These data collection tools will be designed to minimize end-user skill requirements and maximize the speed of data capture. The handheld computers will be equipped to use cell phone connectivity to a modem in the LSDI office. The use of geographic positioning systems (GPS) with the handheld computers will allow mapping of malaria control activities. If successful, the use of handheld computers will be expanded nationally and adapted to bring similar benefits to other components of the health system.

Project ID

102534

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Monday, May 1, 2006

End Date

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Duration

12 months

IDRC Officer

Emdon, Heloise

Total funding

CA$ 120,894

Country(s)

Mozambique, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Project Leader

Elizabeth Streat

Project Leader

Holly Ladd

Institution

SatelLife Inc.

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.healthnet.org