How Can Mobile Health Technology Help Remote Villages?

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So, part of how we have approached this scope of opportunity is to learn from how these technologies are being used in the absence of any institutionalized or formal programs. I think that's where innovation really has the greatest challenge success. When we learn from how it's being used in the context where we are attempting to institutionalize and formalize some of these programs, because when they are done an addhock bases, you find yourself often in the challenge of inequity.

You find some population segments who have access to who have access to the ability to mobilize, care and transport, and you have others who are often at the highest risk able to do those, and so providing some kind of institutional infrastructure that makes that plain field level, so that everyone has access us to the services that they need.

I think it's a critical part of implementing a strategy that is acceptable broadly across the community. We're talking about up sometimes subtracting the current para-dine[sp?]. The increased level of accountability for example when you give a health worker an android phone with a GPS chip embedded in it and you you are now able to track that worker, you are now able to hopefully support-fully supervise that worker and provide the neccesary infrastructural support and commodity support that, that worker needs to do their job most effectively it's a powerful tool, but at the sometime that worker is monitored in a way that they never were monitored before, and so in some areas that has resulted in some push back, in some friction because it's an adjustment period it's know removing that element of autonomy that many front line works enjoyed in the past and know we've added a layer of accountability that often comes with some frustration.