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Technology-enabled solutions have a major impact on the international humanitarian and development sector, with new and emerging technologies continuing to pave a new way forward. Digital ID allows organizations to collect accurate beneficiary data and track progress towards the SDGs. The integration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones into supply chain systems leads to an increase in the availability and access to lifesaving health commodities and fills significant service gaps in public health supply chains. With Electronic Health Records, health providers can understand the requirements of communities, and artificial intelligence and predictive analytics can improve health outcomes. The emergence of digital tools bundled with predictive and descriptive analytics helps community health workers to identify high-risk patients for timely and quality service. 

Digital technologies are mitigating barriers associated with distance, time, infrastructure and analog data processes and can improve how health services are accessed and delivered. Community Health Workers and Frontline Health Workers can now register patients and track health services across a continuum of care and increase facility transparency, autonomy, and accountability. A digital health service can provide a complete End to End service that delivers actionable data, with the implementation of Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance systems, and end-to-end logistics information management systems, which can collect historical consumption data and utilize predictive analytics to accurately support demand planning and optimize in-country public health supply chains.

Join sessions with CDC China, Technical University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech, Jhpiegpo, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, Living Goods, VecanCares and learn how organizations are using new and emerging technologies. Chemonics International, Cooper Smith, Abt Associates Inc, will present the innovative tools and platforms they are developing. 

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Monday, October 28

15:15 CET

Breakout 5: Added Value of Partnerships in Leveraging Innovative Digital Technology to Improve Tanzania’s Public Health Outcomes
The mHealth Tanzania Partnership works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Elderly, and Children MOHCDGEC, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, numerous Tanzanian and international NGOs and public and private partners. This includes Tanzanian mobile network operators (MNOs), HIV implementing partners, development partners and technical partners. The partnership is one of Cardno International Development’s flagship projects using emerging technologies in its business and Cardno plans to continue to leverage opportunities from this case to grow its business globally that provides customized solutions. Since 2015 Cardno has partnered with Rasello, a digital technology partner, under the partnership to offer a digital platform to develop flexible and scalable solutions to meet the Government of Tanzania’s evolving public health needs. Rasello's platform enables partners to collaborate their efforts, mobile content, and resources to improve health care through different mHealth applications that are interoperable and are linked to digital tools such as machine learning. The platform also is equipped to integrate with existing health information systems (CTC3 & ETLS) and gives health service providers data analytics they need to require to improve service and care. Rasello coordinates with MNOs to ensure the connection with end-users and provides access to health development partners to help them target and retain end-users on the services longer.   The digital platform’s mHealth applications give all users, including the Government of Tanzania and USG donor agencies, real-time reporting and analytics on the programs’ progress, helping to quantify results and impact. Having this data ensures future investments into public programming can be more effective. In addition to technical input, Rasello ensures harmonization of the mHealth applications enabling different initiatives leveraging on each other by redirecting user traffic. Lastly, this single platform allows multiple health partners to reduce costs as they leverage on existing infrastructure and applications that provides an opportunity for easy scalability of programs. The platform’s technology is ensuring the Government of Tanzania can reach UN SDGs #3 and #17 with its maternal, newborn, and child health; HIV and TB-focused SMS services. Results and Impact  
• Using emerging digital and mobile health technology in Tanzania has united private and public sector partners for more effective resource leveraging to address major public health challenges
• Securing MNO support on zero-rating (making SMS content free of charge) both SMS messages and USSD sessions;
• Securing government endorsement of interoperable mHealth platform; and
• Rolling out multiple mHealth services at the national level.

Lessons Learned:
1. mHealth stakeholder’s Partnerships and MOHCDGEC involvement is essential in the development and implementation of mHealth services
2. Designing mobile solutions with human-centered design to increases service uptake among targeted clients 3. Integration with national health information systems adds sustainability of interventions

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Raj Prasad

Raj Prasad, Cardno VP, Director of Digital Innovation is leveraging his 20+ years of experience to develop strategies that make Digital part of Cardno’s DNA in order to develop high quality and innovative solutions expected from its clients globally. He’s a firm believer that... Read More →
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Joan Mneney

Head of Projects, Rasello
At Rasello, Joan has a passion for digital innovation with a focus on health in developing countries. She has managed over ten regional and national digital health projects executed in rural and urban areas in Tanzania since 2015.Rasello’s clients in Tanzania are comprised of both... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 15:15 - 16:00 CET
  Breakout Session
  • Organization Rasello
  • Technical Level Intermediate