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The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Tuesday, May 17 • 12:15 - 13:00
Test All Exposed Infants: The Use of Mobile Technology (IQSMS) to Improve Distribution and Availability of Dry Blood Spot Kits for Testing Exposed Infants in Tanga and Mara Regions, Tanzania LIMITED

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The Local Partners Excel in Comprehensive HIV & AIDS Service Delivery (LEAD) project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control under PEPFAR, supports prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services at 509 facilities in Mara and Tanga regions of Tanzania. Most are health centers and dispensaries in remote locations with unreliable or no sources of funds to transport reports and travel to collect medical supplies. These factors contribute to regular stock-outs of Dry Blood Spot (DBS) kits needed for HIV testing of children (exposed infants) born by HIV positive women. In July 2013, LEAD introduced the use of International Quality Short Message Software (IQSMS) to support facilities to share DBS kits information without traveling.
Methods: The IQSMS software package uses health providers’ mobile phones to send preformatted exposed infants enrolled and tested and DBS stock reports to a central in-country server via SMS. Messages are received by a modem connected to a server which performs data quality checks and responds to the sender. After data verification, the data are integrated into the database. The enrolled and tested exposed infants and DBS stock reports are then retrieved, analyzed, and shared with key stakeholders for immediate action.
Results: Using a snapshot of reports sent by 467 sites from October to December 2014, analysis indicated 73% of 800 newly enrolled exposed infants were tested. A total of 40 facilities had no DBS test kits while a total of 1,791 DBS kits were available in all other 467 sites, which could enable testing of all exposed infants enrolled. This information helped program, district, and facility staff to support re-distribution of DBS test kits to sites that had none. The October-December 2015 report indicated 94% of 666 newly enrolled exposed infants in all 467 sites were tested, there were no stock-outs of DBS kits reported from any of the site.
Conclusion: IQSMS provides district, regional, and national stakeholders with up-to-date, vital information and assists with decision making about the distribution and re-distribution of DBS test kits to avoid disruption in the testing of exposed infants.

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John Ndega

Deputy Strategic Information Advisor, The Palladium Group
John Ndega, MSc Health Informatics, BSc Comp Eng & IT; is currently the Deputy SI Advisor for the Palladium Group, formerly known as Futures Group. He has been a full-time employee of Futures Group since 2007, holding Technical and Management positions on AIDSRelief/LEAD projects over the past 8 years. He's specialties include Program design and Management and has experienced and knowledgeable of working in Health Management Information... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
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