#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!
@BillGates is with us. We need surveillance with much more geographical detail, we need it in real time, and we need it to capture more information. - Bill Gates Gates said this yesterday at the Malaria Summit in London where he stood in front of a screen showing data from the mSpray tool, created by Akros and @ona_data . @akros has been working on this need for geographical detail for years and we are really excited to see big players like the Gates Foundation taking notice. We are at #MIM2018 talking about the mSpray tool right now, so stop by if you’re in Dakar! Watch the full video at Akros.com #dataisbeautiful
It’s World Health Day, and today we want to show you the work we do with USAID SBH! This is a five-year project that supports the Ministry of Health to improve health outcomes in Zambia by strengthening systems that support the delivery of quality health services and increase the utilization of high impact health interventions. Under this project, Akros works with the Ministry of Health to strengthen access to and use of data from the national health management information system (HMIS). Six Akros Technical Support Officers support over 60 districts to provide customized DHIS2 training focused on accessing, interrogating, and using data within HMIS. This includes training district staff to routinely access HMIS data, generate reports that present performance and trend data, and use this data to allocate resources appropriately, reward good performance, and hold lower level managers accountable for delivering on planned targets. Photo 1: The Mpika District Ministry of Health Planner is practicing building and interpreting scorecards, a decision support tool within DHIS2. Photo 2: The Kanchibiya District Planner demonstrates how to create and interpret a scorecard he created in DHIS2 to the Akros Technical Support Officer (also known as an HMIS & Data Use Officer). Photo 3: The HMIS & Data Use Officer showcases how to interpret a scorecard to the Kanchibiya District Health Office. (Photos by Royce Phiri, Akros)
It's throwback Thursday, so here's a throw back to a 2013 field visit for some of our early work on mSpray. It's hard to believe how far it's come since then. An outside evaluation has identified significant reduction in malaria incidence in areas where mSpray is used - around 15%! On that note, we're offering a free training on the mSpray tool if you'll be in Dakar, Senegal for the MIM 2018 conference in April. Check out mspray.com to learn more.
Here's a photo from a recent visit to Chikankata District fir the distribution of IEC materials on trachoma for use by health facility staff and community volunteers. In this photo, two mothers at Riverside Health Centre look at IEC materials that express the importance of facial cleanliness.⠀ ⠀ Trachoma, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world, is an eye infection caused by bacteria spread from one infected person to another through direct contact with the discharge of an infected person. The Trachoma Elimination Project in Southern Province aims to control the spread of trachoma, and other bacterial infections, using the SAFE strategy, which stands for surgery, antibiotics, facial cleanliness, and environmental improvements. @sightsavers ⠀ Photo credit: Phelile Chewe, @akros