Health worker perceptions of integrating mobile phones into community case management of malaria in Saraya, Senegal

Demetri A. Blanas, Youssoupha Ndiaye, Matthew MacFarlane, Isaac Manga, Ammar Siddiqui, Olivia Velez, Andrew S. Kanter, Kim Nichols, Nils Hennig

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Abstract

Background: Although community case management of malaria increases access to life-saving care in isolated settings, it contends with many logistical challenges. Mobile phone health information technology may present an opportunity to address a number of these barriers. Methods: Using the wireless adaptation of the technology acceptance model, this study assessed availability, ease of use, usefulness, and job relevance of mobile phones by health workers in Saraya, Senegal. Results: This study conducted seven key informant interviews with government health workers, and three focus groups and 76 surveys with lay health workers. Principal findings included that mobile phones are already widely available and used, and that participants valued using phones to address training, stock management, programme reporting, and transportation challenges. Conclusions: By documenting widespread use of mobile phones and health worker perceptions of their most useful applications, this paper provides a framework for their integration into the community case management of malaria programme in Saraya, Senegal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-182
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Health
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Feb 2015

Keywords

  • Community health workers
  • Health information technology
  • Lay health workers
  • Malaria
  • Mobile phones
  • Senegal

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