Using satellite enumeration for smart IRS planning

By Aniset Kamanga & Andy Prinsen on June 15, 2014 in Health Data Systems, Malaria, News

Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is one of the most effective tools in the fight against malaria. In Zambia, technicians enter dwellings once per year and spray the wall surfaces of buildings with insecticides that kill mosquitos who land on the walls and deter others from entering. Since mosquitoes feed in the evening and at night when humans are indoors, the spraying can greatly reduce the number of bites that occur.

But in rural areas like Zambia’s Luapula and Central Provinces, it is unclear how many dwellings exist, and where those dwellings are located. Without this information, deciding where to spray the insecticides is very difficult, the planners having no way to effectively target IRS to houses in areas of the highest malaria burden. While IRS remains one of the most effective tools for fighting malaria, the pesticides are expensive and must be targeted effectively.

So how to correct for this information gap? How to find out where exactly these dwellings are located so that they can be targeted effectively? Historically, if dwelling enumeration was done, it was done on foot, enumerators visiting villages in person, identifying houses visually and noting the GPS coordinates with a handheld device. It’s not hard to imagine that this method is extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive – especially for a large-scale enumeration. Zambia’s Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health (MCDMCH) and Akros technicians found a solution that is at the same time cost-effective and accurate, providing the pinpoint sort of data required for a more effective IRS implementation.

NMCC, Akros recognized by DHIS2 creators

By Akros Media on February 6, 2014 in Health Data Systems, Malaria, News

The creators of the DHIS2 platform have recognized Zambia’s National Malaria Control Center and Akros for their implementation of the DHIS2 mobile reporting system at the community level.

One long standing and successful deployment has been driven by a Malaria program run by the National Malaria Control Center in Zambia. The system is used for mobile reporting from health workers at health clinics and voluntary community health workers in the villages, with each of the two user groups reporting on key data that is relevant for their tasks and responsibilities. The project uses the DHIS Mobile Java clients for aggregate reporting, connected to a national DHIS2 instance that is also available for other projects and programs to share. The project supplies low cost mobile phones and prepaid SIM cards for health workers to report with, and the client uses mobile data (GPRS) to send information to the DHIS2 server.

Akros now offering DHIS2 Advanced System Configuration

By Akros Media on June 15, 2013 in Health Data Systems, News

In collaboration with University of Oslo developers, Akros has customized a curriculum for Advanced System Configuration (System Configuration II). This course will address many of the administrative tools available to DHIS2 implementers through the GUI, and builds on the foundation created in System Configuration I. Click here to see a full listing of Akros DHIS2 offerings.

The DHIS2 surveillance suite is rapidly building a large user base in Africa, India and other developing regions. It is flexible and highly customizable, integrating a robust mobile phone surveillance module, clean data visualization tools and vast integration capabilities with reporting engines and other database applications. In addition to System Configuration II, Akros offers several other end-user and system administration courses. See dhis2training.com for more details.