The Community Health Toolkit collaboration and OppiaMobile

The Community Health Toolkit is a project by a group of leading organizations who have come together to support the development of digital health initiatives in the hardest-to-reach areas. It provides a collection of open source technologies and open access design, technical, and implementer resources that help you build and deploy digital tools for community health. OppiaMobile, developed by Digital Campus  is an open source mobile learning platform specially designed for delivering learning content, multimedia and quizzes in low-broadband settings. We have already mobile adapted complete training curriculums for Community Health Workers to be used worldwide.

You can download the courses to run offline on your Android smartphone directly from the OppiaMobile learning app.

Update your knowledge on essential Public Health concepts and epidemics. Download the Health Education, Advocacy and Community Mobilisation module for Health Workers

Many things that will actually improve the health of our communities, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, depend on community and communal action. This module teaches the skills required to enable health workers to mobilise a community and promote community participation. It will help primary health workers with some practical ideas of where to start and how to go about the work with individuals, families and with the whole community. The module also focus on theoretical concepts such as learning about human behaviour, or how people learn. Understanding these issues will help primary health workers in their day-to-day work when they are actually faced with people who they need to engage with. Acquiring advocacy work skills are also important  to make sure that leaders know of the real health needs of the communities and work together with primary health workers to improve the health system.

You can download the course to run offline on your Android smartphone directly from the OppiaMobile learning app.

Our paper “Meeting Community health workers needs for maternal health care service delivery using appropriate technologies in Ethiopia” published in Plos One has accumulated more than 12.500 views since published

Mobile health applications are complex interventions that essentially require changes to the behavior of health care professionals who will use them and changes to systems or processes in delivery of care. Our aim in this paper was to explain the essential technical needs of Community Health Workers and midwives for maternal health using appropriate mobile technologies tools

Update your knowledge on Infectious Diseases diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Download the Communicable Diseases module for Primary Health Workers

Communicable diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi and parasites, make a huge contribution to the burden of disease, disability and death worldwide. Some communicable diseases are easily preventable through simple measures such as vaccination and changes in human behavior, for example, handwashing with soap.

To prevent or control the major communicable diseases worldwide, a joint effort by primary health workers, the government, and community members is crucial. Together with the practical skills training associated with this Module, Communicable Diseases will help Community Health Workers to acquire the basic skills and knowledge to reduce the burden of mortality and morbidity in their community through the detection, prevention and treatment of common and emergent infections.

You can download the course to run offline on your Android smartphone directly from the OppiaMobile learning app.

Our paper “Efficacy of handwashing with soap and nail clipping on intestinal parasitic infections in school-aged children: a factorial cluster randomized controlled trial” published in PloS Medicine has accumulated +16.000 views since published

Washing our hands with soap has been one of the most important advances in human hygiene. While we take it for granted, it was only very recently that scientists showed the relevance of washing hands with soap. The aim of our study was to assess the impact of handwashing with soap and nail clipping on the prevention of intestinal parasite reinfections.  Intestinal parasitic infections are highly endemic among school-aged children in resource-limited settings, so to lower their impact, preventive measures should be implemented that are sustainable with available resources. This work is still very relevant for all primary health workers dealing with emerging infectious diseases and preventive measure interventions.

OpenWASH: An essential set of training modules for Primary Health Workers to learn about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions and the challenge of current emerging infectious diseases

This essential collection of WASH training modules, originally developed by the OU and UNICEF, has been mobile-adapted by Digital Campus for the Primary Health Workers that need to quickly learn essential water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) concepts and interventions. These modules can also be used for in-service training of new primary health workers and by more experienced personnel seeking to improve their knowledge and skills on any specific WASH topics.

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New Oppia server and app releases

Last week we released updated versions of both the Oppia server and app.

The latest version of the server is v0.12.0 and it’s quite a big change since now we have moved to using Python 3 and Django 2 (primarily because support for Python 2.x will be dropped at the end of this year).

Since there are a lot of changes, the upgrade process is more complex than our previous releases have been, but we have some (hopefully) complete instructions here: https://oppiamobile.readthedocs.io/en/latest/technical/releases/server/upgrading/to_0_12_0.html

On the app side (now at v6.9.0), the changes are relatively minor, some small refactoring and bug fixes.

The code on the master branches of both the server and app are up to date with server v0.12.0 and app v6.9.0, and the full release notes on the issues fixed can be found at: https://oppiamobile.readthedocs.io/en/latest/technical/releases/server/changelog_server_v0.12.html#v0-12-0-released-17-sept-2019 and https://oppiamobile.readthedocs.io/en/latest/technical/releases/app/changelog_android_v6.html#v69-6-9-0-released-17-sept-2019

Any feedback welcome, and if you find any issues then please let us know via our community site (https://community.oppia-mobile.org)

OppiaMobile Community site is now open…

We recently set up an OppiaMobile Community site (https://community.oppia-mobile.org/), for discussions on all the different aspects of OppiaMobile, getting help and support, ideas for new features and integrations, UI and UX designs, along with the core development and questions about how to implement OppiaMobile.

So if you have any questions about Oppia, or want to see the latest discussions, then please sign up to the community site (it’s free!).

For any queries/feedback about the OppiaMobile Community site, then please post them in the Community Feedback category (https://community.oppia-mobile.org/c/community-feedback).

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