Launch of the COVID-19 Ethiopia-Health Worker Training App based on the OppiaMobile platform

COVID-19 Ethiopia is a health worker learning/training platform supported by the Community Health Academy-Last Mile Health using the OppiaMobile app technology. The objective is to reach health workers with appropriate, up-to-date and multimedia aided COVID-19 information and training content on mobile devices accessed anywhere, anytime. 10000+ have already downloaded the app in the first days.

One of the major limiting factors to a timely COVID-19 response is the need for social distancing which prevents traditional capacity building efforts such as face-to-face training. COVID-19 Ethiopia training app has been developed to address this need in a timely manner.

OppiaMobile is an open source mobile learning platform specially designed for delivering learning content such as multimedia and quizzes in low-resource settings. Course content can be developed in Moodle and then exported to run offline on the OppiaMobile Android app.

The target audience for this app are frontline health workers including; nurses, health officers, physicians, volunteers working in health facilities and other health service delivery points set up for COVID-19 across all 11 regions of Ethiopia. Once COVID-19 Ethiopia is downloaded onto a smart phone or tablet, the training content is readily available for use offline. Users earn points for engagement with the course content, and badges when they complete a course. When a course is updated, users are automatically notified that a new version is available, so they can keep their course content up-to-date.

The ethiopian FMOH, EPHI and Community Health Academy have jointly launched the training platform and uploaded on google Playstore.  Their response teams will endorse, approve uploading of training content and protocols on the platform. Frontline health workers, program managers and all public health professionals are encouraged to download app and access up-to-date and FMOH approved COVID-19 content.

The courses and materials to be offered on the COVID-19-Ethiopia platform are: Surveillance; Case Management; Laboratory; Infection Prevention and Control; Risk Communication and Community Engagement and COVID-19 handbook for Health Workers.

Users can download the COVID-19 Ethiopia Training App from the Google Playstore.

Update your knowledge on Immunization, Viruses and other Common Pathogens. Download the Immunization module for Primary Health Workers

Many serious communicable diseases are easily preventable by immunization and it saves millions of lives every year. Immunization or vaccination can make an enormous difference to the health of individuals and communities. Main vaccine-preventable diseases are tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, measles, pneumonia and meningitis due to Haemophilus influenzae type b, and hepatitis B disease.

This Module contains clear guidelines on how to conduct all important immunization activities. Much of the credit for successful immunization campaigns is due to the activities of primary health professionals.

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

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

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