Jamii ni Afya
The government of Zanzibar, in collaboration with D-tree International, is scaling up a digital community health program to empower 2,200 digitally enabled community health volunteers to support pregnant women and children under-5 nationwide. The integrated digital health system supports pro-active service delivery and follow-up for maternal, newborn and child health including nutrition, immunizations and early childhood development. Predictive analytics are being developed to identify risk early on and personalize health services to meet each individual’s needs. This program is designed to strengthen the primary health system, generate and apply data to optimize resources, and contribute to global evidence.
We will share lessons learned from designing and implementing the program: convening diverse leaders to foster innovation; demonstrating the digital solution’s value through proof of product effectiveness, long-term engagement, and responsiveness to government priorities; fostering a supportive policy environment; engaging in a human-centered design process for both programmatic and technological aspects of the program; and building government capacity to manage the digital health platform independently. We will provide an outlook on the program’s progress toward institutionalization and reflect on experiences that are useful to governments and organizations working to scale digital health programs globally.
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