3.d) Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks
In August 2011, the U.S. technology company Dimagi made a commitment to promote access to health care for millions of people in India. Dimagi’s multilingual mobile phone-based application, CommCare, is helping health workers to collect data and monitor patient care more efficiently and effectively. Specifically, the app allows health workers to store and access patient information and monitor at-risk patients, while also enabling health care program staff to monitor health workers’ performance through online reports. Moreover, CommCare’s ReMiND pregnancy application supports prenatal and postnatal care by collecting data about each pre- and post-natal visit with a health worker, and enables health workers to receive training alerts, monitor pregnant women’s health, and share interactive counselling messages. In India, CommCare is linked to a network of health clinics through the National Rural Health Mission, which promotes good health through basic illness prevention, first aid, family planning, childhood vaccinations, and other government-supported health programmes. Since 2012, over half a million clients have been registered in CommCare across 40 countries, and over 1 million forms have been submitted to CommCareHQ, addressing diverse health issues including maternal and child health, family planning, child nutrition, and HIV. Dimagi estimates that over 250,000 beneficiaries have been reached through CommCare in India alone.