Empowering Health Extension Workers in Ethiopia: Addressing Under-5 Child Mortality with Clinical Support Tools
Malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia remain top causes of under-5 child mortality in low-income countries. To address this problem, an evidence-based algorithm known as Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) was designed by the World Health Organization and others in order to help community health workers treat sick children. iCCM saves lives if followed consistently and appropriately, but real-life barriers affect its use and impact. WEEMA International and D-Tree International are collaborating to develop and implement a mobile iCCM tool to empower Health Extension Workers (HEWs) in Ethiopia. This clinical support tool is designed for the Ethiopian context and functions on an affordable smartphone-based platform. While the initial phase of the project focused on development of the iCCM application, this project will expand on the application, train 80 HEWs and their supervisors, and collect robust data. Outcomes will include improved clinical care, better support and supervision of HEWs, and reductions in preventable child deaths. Goal: To reduce under-5 child mortality through clinically-based mobile technology support tools designed to empower the Ethiopian Health Extension Worker. Specific objectives: • To develop and refine iCCM application. • To provide 80 HEWs with smartphones that have the iCCM application, communication tools and educational resources. • To train 80 HEWs to use the iCCM mobile application to improve quality of care for under-5 children. • To train supervisors and government officials how to access and utilize the data.
- Ethiopia>Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples