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Tuesday, May 17 • 14:00 - 14:45
Use of Mobile Technology to Monitor the Quality and Effectiveness of Community Mobilization Activities in Sindh Province, Pakistan FILLING

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The lack of tools to monitor the quality and effectiveness of community mobilization activities has resulted in limited understanding of the effectiveness of community mobilization and contributed to low investment in and commitment to this strategy globally. A mobile monitoring system was established to assess the quality of implementation of CHW-led MNCH mobilization activities in Sindh province, Pakistan.

About 12,679 community support groups (CSGs) were implemented during the first 9 months of implementation of this activity in five districts of Sindh. We present an analysis of routine monitoring data submitted via mobile devices by supervisors who observed and assessed 875 CSGs. The analysis asks the following questions: What was the quality of CSGs? Did the quality improve over time? Who attended CSGs? Did participants of CSGs reported intentions to implement behaviors recommended in CSGs? What factors were associated with participants' intentions to change behaviors?

Bivariate and multivariate analysis was conducted with data from observations of SGs held in rural Sindh. The analysis shows that the quality of support groups improved after the first couple of months of training, remained stable for four months and declined subsequently due to operational reasons. Messages on maternal and child health provided through support groups had the greatest impact on the poorest women and community.

Mobile technology allowed program managers to confidently assess, track and provide feedback on the quality of women's support groups. Commitment to mobilization activities has increased in Sindh: more than 100,000 CSGs are planned by the Department of Health across 15 districts during 2016.

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Anayat Ali

Manager, MIS, Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program/Jhpiego
Anayat Ali is working as a MIS Manager in MCHIP/Jhpiego Karachi Pakistan. He holds a master of Business Administration in Information Technology, providing inclusive solutions using state-of-the-art technologies like mPowering and Web. His responsibilities are planning, designing... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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