388,380 Rural Zambians Reached by Akros WASH Team

388,380 Rural Zambians Reached by Akros WASH Team

By Akros Media on January 21, 2014 in News, Water and Sanitation Health

UNICEF and the Zambia Ministry of Local Government and Housing (MLGH) retained Akros last year to revitalize its Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) intervention among rural Zambian villages. The intervention uses a combination of techniques to persuade community members to use latrines. If people use latrines instead of simply defecating in the open, then fecal-based contamination decreases. When latrines are regularly used, communities see a sharp decrease in Cholera, food poisoning, diarrhea, and other illnesses.

To date, WASH surveillance in Zambia has been slow, inaccurate and incomplete. This made it extremely difficult to target the WASH interventions effectively, and to assess whether these actions were having any real impact. UNICEF and MLGH asked Akros to help in August of 2013.

Akros to lead the rapid scale up of WASH surveillance

Akros to lead the rapid scale up of WASH surveillance

By Akros Media on July 2, 2013 in News, Water and Sanitation Health

Akros has been retained by UNICEF and Praekelt Foundation to lead the design and rapid deployment of a community-level WASH surveillance system in Zambia. The project will scale to a total of twenty districts in the coming months, and will provide real-time data on WASH-indicators at the village level to MLGH and UNICEF stakeholders. This project builds on Akros prior successes in rapidly scaling up similar community-level surveillance packages with the Zambian Ministry of Health and PATH/MACEPA. Learn more here.

“This surveillance system will provide unprecedented empowerment to the environmental health technicians and community champions supporting progress toward open-defecation free status in their catchment areas”, said Benjamin Winters, Country Director for Akros in Zambia. “Without good, timely information, it is nearly impossible to know where or how to focus interventions. We are drastically changing the game here.”

Akros now offering DHIS2 Advanced System Configuration

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.

Akros pilots mSpray tool

Akros pilots mSpray tool

By Akros Media on February 15, 2012 in Malaria, News

This quarter, Akros finalized the extremely successful pilot of its mSpray tool: a field-based, GIS-integrated IRS data capture platform that allows IRS stakeholders to view real-time spray data through maps and charts. “This was a resounding success,” said Benjamin Winters, Zambia Country Director at Akros.

“For the first time in IRS history, stakeholders can see real-time data about the location and intensity of IRS operations,” said Winters. “With this tool, we can begin to answer some very critical but previously challenging questions. Are we spraying the right structures, for example, and is there a demonstrable impact on malaria transmission in these granular foci? Aggregate data at national or sub-national levels can’t answer these questions. Zambia is making tremendous progress here and NMCC now has maps detailing entomological surveillance data (more information about Akros innovation here) and case surveillance at very granular levels, all available in its national HMIS, and all of which can be cross-referenced to mSpray IRS data. These are very exciting times.”