142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Reporting made easy: A cost effective approach to monitor HIV prevention programming using a mobile and web-based system in Nigeria

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Benjamin Akinmoyeje , MSH IdeaLab Innovation Hub, Management Sciences for Health, Abuja, Nigeria
Introduction:  Data collected during implementation of  HIV prevention project currently relies on a paper-based system. Peer educators transfer information to their community-based organisations (CBOs). This information is eventually transferred to the Local Government AIDS Control Agency (LACA) and, finally to the State Government AIDS Control Agency (SACA). Thus, field data is not readily available for HIV prevention programming analysis and reflection, leaving numerous opportunities for errors in the transcription of data. These delays limit the accessibility and utility of programme data for analysis, reporting and project management, including the availability of data to inform decision-making regarding activities and resources.

Methods: A pilot project was implemented using a new reporting process which utilized a central database, based on DHIS2.0 - an open-source, robust health information software application already used in the Nigerian health sector. Data for the  HIV prevention project was entered by peer educators via internet-enabled cell phones and laptop computers, expediting the feedback process and enhancing the speed of data interpretation needed for writing reports. Stakeholders and peer educators were engaged and gave feedback throughout the process of project development and implementation.

Results: Increased timeliness in data collection and decision making, along with an increase in the capacity of the peer educators regarding technology and the community regarding HIV prevention were all outcomes of this project. There was also support from the community stakeholders involved in the project and plans for the  Monitoring & Evaluation team to scale up the project to other communities.

Conclusion: This project demonstrates that a sustainable HIV prevention response can be built from the grassroots, using technological solutions to reduce costs overall and build the capacity of local governmental agencies to take over the process of reporting and management.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate how mobile and web based reporting of data improved HIV prevention intervention in a resource challenged environment. Explain the processes of getting buy in of the stakeholders or community as well as encourage sustainability.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the initiator of the intervention to use mobile/web application to collect data from the field and I work with my team to develop the tools required to capture data. I was the lead on the implementation team of the pilot project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.