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, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 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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Helen Keller International

Booth 12
Multiple Uses of ICT for Improved Humanitarian Programming
This exhibit will present how ICT, integrated in every step of program management, has contributed to improving the design, the reach, the performance and the monitoring of humanitarian programs and health system functions in HKI 13 target countries in Sub Saharan Africa  

HKI has developed expertise in ICT and has integrated it in its daily management practices all over the 13 countries it covers in Sub Saharan Africa. ICT are being used for needs assessments, supporting the conduction of HKI developed Post event coverage surveys through m-health technology. These surveys have been conducted in the 13 HKI target countries and have helped informing the performance and coverage of child health days in all countries, informing program enhancements. They are also used for monitoring the performance of Child health days after each national campaign. Data is collected through mobile phones and all work from field to analysis are conducted through online platforms.
Another activity conducted by HKI with use of ICTs is the real-time monitoring of activities conducted in the field. ICT are used for data collection associated with supportive supervision of health facilities services or monitoring of field activities during child health days campaigns and offer the possibility for real time analysis and feedback while the monitoring or supervision teams are in the field.

HKI has also been using ICT to increase awareness of community members on services available within the health system by sending sms through mobile phone platform. The use of sms reminders and vocal messages centralized has also been used successfully through a random control trial aiming at ensuring that mothers of children from birth to 12 months are reminded before each immunization rendezvous. The trial showed a significant increase of attendance to all immunization contact points.

Furthermore, HKI is testing the use of ICT as a component of health system strengthening activities, to improve supply chain and reporting through the health system levels from facilities to central management.

HKI is using ICT to trace and register Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, and has also initiated a project for local ministry of health offices to write donor reports directly through tablets for increasing the timeliness, quality and ease of reporting.

About Helen Keller International
Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. HKI combats the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. HKI currently has more than 180 programs in 21 African and Asian countries, as well as in the United States.In 2014, HKI reached 51 million children under five with twice-yearly, high-dosage vitamin A supplements in 15 African countries. HKI also collaborate with government and private sector partners on initiatives that reach nearly 300 million people across Africa with micronutrient fortified staple foods, such as cooking oil and wheat flour. HKI is recognized as a global leader in designing and testing multipronged strategies to reduce undernutrition and its consequences based on developing and bridging short term interventions such as vitamin A supplementation or Community based management of acute malnutrition and longer term interventions such as the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding, large scale food fortification, bio fortification or the sustainable promotion of access and use of micronutrient rich foods through homestead food production programs. These two types of interventions vary widely in terms of scope, scale, target or timeframe, making it very difficult to combine them into one project, but thanks to innovative programmatic designs HKI has demonstrated the effectiveness of their integration in providing a comprehensive and sustainable response to complex population needs.
Monday, May 16

10:15 EAT

Tuesday, May 17

07:00 EAT

Wednesday, May 18

07:00 EAT

Thursday, May 19

07:00 EAT