31 October 2016

Mapping Community Health Workers with Satellites

With about only 200 practicing medical doctors in Sierra Leone, most of the country’s more than six million citizens don’t often come into close contact with a physician. Instead, the first point of contact for many, particularly in remote rural communities, are the country’s community health workers (CHWs) – ordinary community residents who have…, Mapping, Lucy Lawal, the head nurse at the Deep Eye Water community in rural Freetown is in the process of recording the exact GPS coordinates of one of the 21 CHWs in her catchment area, something made possible through training and support from UNICEF. “ Before our training, we did not know about GPS. We thought it is a very complicated thing to do. So,…, Results, The nationwide exercise has created a treasure-trove of data to explore. In total, 14,622 working CHWs have been mapped across all districts in the country. This geo-mapping exercise has opened our eyes and has also falsified our assumptions,” said Dr Joseph Kandeh, the director of Primary health care at the Ministry. “We never expected, for…, The use of the Geo-mapping data, Moving forward, this geo-mapping exercise will help the Ministry of Health and Sanitation prepare for the integration of CHW volunteers into the formal health system, including the national human resource management tool (iHRIS). A trainer teaches three nurses on how to use the GPS for the CHW geo-mapping during the training A trainer teaches…