Health eVillages Welcomes New Partner WellShare International for Tanzania Maternal and Child Health Initiative
Community Health Workers empowered with new digital tools and training to improve maternal and child health in their villages
BOSTON – (July 25, 2018) Health eVillages, the global non-profit that provides medical resources such as mobile technology, training and apps to low-resource settings, has partnered on a two-year project with WellShare International, whose mission is to advance sustainable community health around the world.
The Afya Kwa Pamoja (Together for Health) project will bring together 10 clinical health workers and 30 Community Health Workers in the Bariadi district of Tanzania to improve maternal, child, reproductive health using technology and mentorship to advance health knowledge, access to care and quality of services. The approach will build on three evidence-based models: Survive and Thrive Groups, Cascade Training Model, and Community Health Workers.
Improved access to healthcare is desperately needed in this part of Tanzania. A Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey reported in 2016 that only 40% of deliveries are in a health facility, 17% of women use modern family planning methods, and 68% of children have basic vaccinations – all far below even the national average.
Health eVillages has provided 35 iPads loaded with apps, videos and training materials for Community Health Workers, as well as Hospital clinical staff. Health eVillages founder, Donato Tramuto said “We are thrilled to partner with WellShare International and bring much needed resources to a group of such dedicated, devoted health workers who struggle everyday to save lives in their own villages. These women truly embody the ‘heal-the-villages’ spirit of Health eVillages.”
“We are very excited to begin a new partnership with Health eVillages in Tanzania,” said Diana DuBois, WellShare International Executive Director. “The technology provided by Health eVillages will greatly help WellShare community health workers educate rural Tanzanian women on common health conditions as well as when to seek medical care. This will improve and save the lives of women and their families.”
Since 2011, Health eVillages has launched global health and rural aging programs in locations in the United States and around the world. Health eVillages has deployed more than 500 content-enabled mobile devices and currently works in eight countries including the United States, Haiti, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
About Wellshare International
Founded in 1979, WellShare has implemented evidence-based health programs in seven countries. In 1985, WellShare was among the first recipients of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Child Survival and Health Grants Program (CSHGP) funding. Since that time, WellShare has received and successfully completed 8 CSHGP competitive awards, most recently for a child survival program in Karatu District, Tanzania. WellShare has designed and carried out projects under USAID/PMI, USAID/PEPFAR, USAID/FlexFund as well as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria among others. In 2012, WellShare started a small-scale program in Bariadi District, Tanzania using its Survive and Thrive Group model, which operates in 12 villages. For more information about Wellshare International, visit www.wellshareinternational.org
About Health eVillages
Health eVillages collaborates to advance healthcare access and improve the quality of care by providing state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support tools, as well as other community-focused resources, to medical and public health professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world. Our partners include Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Tivity Health, Sharecare, the Tramuto Foundation, Skyscape, Isobar, Linkwell Health, PCS Wireless, Global Impact, the Maternity Foundation, Medical Aid Films, and more. You can find more information at http://www.healthevillages.org and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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