Workshops in SolDevelo Foundation
Our Foundation last week had an occasion to conduct training in Gdynia. Our guest was IT Expert – Marc, from Burkina Faso (West Africa). Workshops were about Performance Management Platform (PMP) because Marc is the main coordinator of project IeDa.
IeDA is a program supporting health care workers in primary health care facilities. It was designed by Terre des Hommes which provides assistance to over 4 million children in more than 40 countries. IeDa offers support like the REC – mobile diagnostic support designed for nurses and electronic tools to collect data. Which are shared with stakeholders to enable informed decision making about health workers performance, supervision and training needs. Program is also an e-learning platform where health workers and district managers can practise their knowledge and improve practise skills. They can do it by participating in online courses created especially for healthcare professionals in developing countries.
Results of implementing IeDA in West Africa are simply stunning:
- almost 5 thousand health workers used the REC in June 2019,
- 750 health facilities were benefited from IeDA,
- more than 5 million consultations were made since December 2014.
The main goal of IeDA is to deploy the program in over 620 primary health centres, making it the most widely deployed mHealth strategy in West Africa. Next goal is to improve compliance with national protocols at the primary level. If they achieve these goals it will be a huge step for program, founders and opportunity for implementation in other regions.
Marc came to Gdynia for the training because SolDevelo had created IeDA application which is innovative and unique. Due to various unusual solutions in the app only our team has enough knowledge to educate and teach others about its functionality. Marc is the main coordinator of IeDA project and to properly operate application he needs knowledge and training from the constructors at the highest level.
During 5 days of workshops with Kamil from SolDevelo, we talked about migration a PMP application in a specific environment. PMP works in unstable internet connection environment often without access to the Internet for weeks. Topics include also installing and editing the application on an Android system, creating a virtual cell to test system changes. Linking with ComCare and how these two apps communicate with each other. We also talked about database architecture – where the data is stored in the application, where to find information about users etc. Next theme was about security and app protection. The main element of the application is a web application so it works a little bit like a website. To protect data it needs to renew the SSL certificate regularly. Kamil showed Marc how to do this manually or how to set it to automatically renew itself. The last topic was about errors, bugs and problems with the app. Kamil analyzed each situation with the most popular bugs and showed how he understood each with the explanation of repairing. In this situation was very important to learn Marc the methodology of fixing errors so in the future he could do it by himself.
Interview with Marc
We organized a little interview with Marc and asked him a few questions. He told us a lot of interesting things and share secrets about his work!
SolDeveloFoundation: What is your profession?
Marc: I am a computer scientist. I am working for TDHL (Terre des Hommes Lausanne ) as IT coordinator for the IeDa project.
SDF: How do you help people in Burkina Faso?
M: Basically, IeDA is a health project that consists to implement IMCI for better care of children in clinics. This project provides also to the health workers an online learning tool developed by SolDevelo to improve the quality of service.
SDF: What are the IMCI and what types of online courses health workers can find in IMCI?
M: IMCI is a protocol that is used in clinics to treat children under 5 years of age who come for a consultation. IeDa has implemented this protocol on tablets by automating the diagnostic and prescription process. It is an application developed on Comcare.
Another application for online training has been set up to support the process. The Courses based on the difficulties of health workers in performing certain acts are developed in this application and shared with health workers. For example modules on the evaluation of malaria, danger signs… The app also has been developed by SolDevelo.
More information you can find on the IeDA website: http://ieda-project.org/
SDF: What is the biggest challenge in your work?
M: The big challenge is to ensure that all the applications use for the IeDA project are up h24 and work properly.
SDF: And the biggest challenge in your country? What does make your job so difficult?
M: The difficulty of access to training is a real handicap and a great challenge to be met.
SDF: What did you learn during workshops and how will you use your knowledge?
M: With the SolDevelo team, we have significantly strengthened TDH’s abilities to maintain the application independently. TDH is now able to transfer the entire platform to local facilities in Burkina Faso and train the technical team of the Ministry of Health.
SDF: How the project will develop? Do you have any plans for the future?
M: Currently, the process of transferring the entire project to the Ministry of Health is underway, and will then be extended to the entire country.
As you see IeDA isn’t a little program in Africa, but it really makes changes in people lives. They help many communities in many countries giving them medicines, doctors and appropriate conditions. As a Foundation, we want to support Marc and IeDA. Maybe in the future, our paths crossed one more time and we organize a project together. But know you can read more about projects, the initiative on their page.