A day in the life of a Medic Mobile Field Manager

Meet Jane Katanu, a public health professional with a zeal for improving the health and wellbeing of communities and particularly that of two most vulnerable groups: the children and mothers.

“My day as the project manager for the Kilifikids project involves constant and active interaction with a number of partners which all play crucial roles that have contributed to the success achieved with this project.

The community are the direct beneficiaries of this project. The purpose of this project is to meet a need that was felt within the community to improve the health of mothers and children through increasing utilization of antenatal and child welfare services. Talking with the community gives me a realistic evaluation of this project’s impact.

The Community Health Workers, CHEWS and Facility based health officials and district and county level based MOH officials are the consumers of the system. The project is designed to provide these users with mobile and information technology based tools that facilitate their work that is aimed at improving both maternal and child health. These users give us the feedback on whether the system is meeting their user needs. They help us to evaluate the effectiveness of the project. They give me insight on what they need and want to be done to help them improve the quality of the services they offer. Unless we perceive and understand the user needs we are bound to produce and implement an ineffective system.

The donor/sponsoring partners-Kilifikids and Rotary club. This important partner needs to be kept abreast with the progress of the project. I keep him informed of the ongoing implementation activities, targets met so far, challenges encountered and efforts made to overcome the challenges.

We work hand in hand in planning for future scale up and monitoring current activities.

Medic Mobile provides the technical specialty for this project. I working hand in hand with Medic Mobile’s software designers and developers to ensure that the mobile tools produced meet the user and donor specifications and that they are both effective and cost efficient.

In summary, integrative planning, organization, co-ordination, implementation and monitoring of this Kilifi based project working hand in hand with all the parties involved takes up my day.Thank you.”

A closer look!

WONDERS BEHIND THE SMS NOTIFICATIONS FOR ANTENATAL CARE AND IMMUNIZATION

Meet Lillian, a nurse at Ganze Health Facility. It is exactly 8:30 in the morning at the Mother and Child Health (MCH) wing. The room is very noisy with the cries of the infants and small children who are waiting for immunizations. Lillian starts by arranging for the women with varied concerns to sit on their respective benches to avoid overcrowding. The mothers and their children far outnumber the Antenatal mothers (ANC), so most of them have to stand in line for available seating.
“Before we begin, make sure you have your MCH Booklet every time you visit a health facility and show it to the Health Worker. We do appreciate your cooperation and understanding of the importance of coming for the clinic appointments. Keep the good spirit and make sure you continue coming for the rest of the appointments,” Lillian announced. The whole crowd cheered and clapped heavily. Lillian took the opportunity to introduce me to the crowd. “

Our Community Health Workers (CHWS) make house visits, keep us informed, and make sure we go for our appointments”, explained Kanze, one of the mothers. I noticed more CHWs in the crowd who had accompanied 8 pregnant mothers who had come for deliveries at the facility. This indicated to me that the CHWS was doing well with the follow-ups and monthly feedback. I wished to be with the mothers longer and talk to Lillian more about the program but she was very busy and could only give me a little summary. “What do you think about the program so far compared to the ANC and Immunization uptake in Ganze?” I asked. ”Honestly, it has really increased the attendance in the Antenatal Care and Immunization uptake. The number of home deliveries has declined as more mothers are now educated and see the need to come to the facility. Our workload has increased with the new traffic; more women come every day, at all hours. Eve, your project in Ganze District and Kilifi District has really created wonders and we are glad for the improvement,“ answered Lillian.
Thank you so much Lillian and keep the good work! Congratulations! Kwaherini na muendelee kuja clinic—-goodbye and keep on coming for the clinic appointments.