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Dimagi's CommCare solution is DIV's first Stage 1 grant to successfully reapply for Stage 2 funding. See more about their Stage 2 implementation below, and read more about CommCare and DIV here.
India's vast and widely placed health workforce has the potential to improve millions of lives. In particular, since 2005, the National Rural Health Mission has trained and deployed 750,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) to provide proven health interventions at the community level. However, despite largely achieving its goal of enlisting "one ASHA for every village," the ASHA program has been limited by persistent challenges related to training, motivating, supervising, and monitoring ASHAs.
CommCare technologies provide mobile tools for community health workers (CHW) encouraging them to enroll all eligible clients, to conduct more timely visits to patients, and to correctly follow procedures and clinical protocols. CommCare also provides a radically new level of monitoring with an emphasis on delivering actionable data for performance improvement. Dimagi’s objective is to ensure that beneficiaries, CHWs, and managers all have the right information, at the right time, in the right place by scaling their CommCare technology in India.
Potential Cost Effectiveness:
With Stage 1 funding from the USAID Development Innovation Ventures Fund (DIV), Dimagi rapidly engaged 11 organizations to quickly deploy CommCare; seven of these organizations are already scaling. Stage 2 funding will allow Dimagi to develop the evidence base, increase their field team, and build needed core functionality to reach scale. With its partners, Dimagi will conduct several studies to demonstrate that CommCare is affordable and cost effective for the ASHA program; to more deeply probe how CommCare influences CHW behavior and client outcomes; and to test different operational processes in CommCare.
Last updated: February 18, 2013