We are at MERL Tech DC today! Stop by at 2PM to see Akros’ very own Julie Doherty speaking about innovations in data capture and management in DHIS2-based systems: WhatsApp and USSD.
This month we're welcoming two new Global Health Corps fellows, James and Parysa! Since partnering with @globalhealthcorps in 2014, Akros has hosted 16 fellows! GHC is an important part of Akros, providing us with young, talented leaders in global health and technology that often stay with us beyond their fellowship year. Want to know more? Visit www.ghcorps.org #changemakers
The Feed the Future Ethiopia Livelihoods for Resilience Activity is a five-year @usaid funded project running from 2016 to 2021. The project supports Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) households to build resilient #livelihoods with improved food and #nutrition security. The project works closely with the government of Ethiopia, and will target over 100,000 PSNP households in 27 Woredas of Amhara, SNNP, and Tigray regions, with the aim of enabling 97,900 households to graduate from the PSNP with resilience. Akros is working with @careorg to develop and implement a #DHIS2 tracker capture system for data collection and project monitoring to track income generation activities, training participation, household profiles, financial status, and other data relevant to rural service delivery. In this photo, Woreda Team Leaders and project M&E staff are engaged in a hands on exercise during an Akros-led TOT where they are using the desktop and mobile application interfaces of the DHIS2 instance for the Livelihoods Resilience Activity. (Photo Credit: Nguza Yikona)
Last week we wrapped up our partnership with @unicefzambia and the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation, and Environmental Protection (formerly Ministry of Local Government and Housing) in support of the Community Led Total Sanitation Program. In 2014 Akros began working with village-based Sanitation Action Groups, Community Champions, and traditional leaders to track household sanitation and water access using basic feature phones. Use of feedback mechanisms and data visualizations from the #DHIS2 based WASH Management Information System in 68 districts helped to support behavior changes resulting in over 2.5 million new users of #sanitation! A big thanks to the Akros #WASH team! #odf #ict4d #clts
Did you know that over 90% of the land in #Zambia is customary? This means that many Zambians do not have certificates of land ownership from traditional leaders. This past year, Akros joined up with @tetratech again on the @usaid Tenure and Global Climate Change Project to expand a DHIS2-based mobile registry of land parcels and respective owners for the Chipata and Petauke District Land Alliances (CDLA, PDLA). Chiefs, village headmen, and leaders in Village Land Committees are able to view land ownership history for every individual parcel in their community. So far CDLA and PDLA have issued over 10, 000 land certificates in Chipata and Petauke. In this photo, Akros Informatics Technician, Alison Ngulube, is teaching Chieftainess Mkanda how to interpret information on land tenure displayed in #DHIS2 dashboards. #landtenure #usaid #ict4d
#Akros@10 This month marks an important milestone for Akros. It's our 10-year anniversary! It's one of those things where it's sort of hard to believe it's been 10 years already, but also amazing how much has happened over the past decade since Akros was born. We are excited to be celebrating with our staff and partners this month! All kinds of things are happening this week, but for starters we wanted to point out that you can stop by and say hello or happy anniversary, we suppose, to us at the ICT4D conference, happening right here in Lusaka this week! We have a booth set up where we're spreading the word about mSpray, a more efficient, cost-effective, accurate way to do indoor residual spraying. So if you are at the conference, stop on by!