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   PDAs in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda
Created Date: 8/13/2008 8:50:28 AM
Country: Kazakhstan
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Status: In use
License: Open Source
Product Type: Software - Mobile
Target Users: General Population, Health Professionals
Developer Name: Governments of Ghana, Kenya and Uganda
Product Url:
System Requirements: PDAs
Description: In Ghana, community volunteers have been using PDAs to collect data as part of a measles vaccination program. In Kenya, medical students were equipped with PDAs loaded with relevant information about their studies in obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine and pediatrics. In Uganda, practicing physicians were given PDAs containing basic reference material as part of their continuing medical education.

The Ghana project yielded compelling evidence of the value of PDAs for data collection and reporting. Data from 2400 field surveys were submitted to the implementing agency by mid-day following a vaccination campaign in a particular location. They were analyzed and a report prepared for the Ministry of Health by the end of the day. Previously, data entry also would have taken 40 hours using paper and pencil surveys.

The Kenya and Uganda pilots demonstrated the value of using PDAs for information dissemination. In Uganda, 95 per cent of physicians reported that using the reference materials over a three month period improved their ability to treat patients effectively. This included improvements in diagnosis, drug ion and overall treatment. In Kenya, the majority of students actively used the treatment guidelines and referred to the medical references and textbooks stored on the PDA during their clinical practice.

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