WEEMA's Mobile Health Expands to New District

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WEEMA has expanded its mobile health program to the neighboring district of Hadero-Tunto - and is now reaching 35,000 children between this program and the one in Tembaro.  In Hadero-Tunto, WEEMA recently trained 20 community health workers - all women - to use their smartphones to provide evidence-based care to sick children.  Before the phones, it was difficult for these healthworkers to follow the paper-based guidelines, leading to frequent errors and misdiagnoses.  All of this has now changed.

Diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria remain the top causes of death for children under 5 years of age.  The phone-based program walks health workers through a checklist to optimize diagnosis and treatment of these childhood killers. Because of its simplicity and ease of use, community health workers report increased confidence in the care they are providing.  And we're seeing better outcomes, according to the mothers.  Parents are telling us they see results, and because of this, they are now more likely to bring their kids to health facilities -- the first step to treating disease in children!

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