WHAT IS THE MALARIA CASE SURVEILLANCE APPLICATION?
The Population Services Khmer (PSK) Malaria Case Surveillance application is a simple and elegant mobile application designed to report positive cases of malaria detected throughout Cambodia in near real-time. The tool is user-friendly and requires little to no technological knowledge. By collecting very basic data points – such as the geographic location, type of malaria detected and age/gender of the client – Population Services International (PSI) and our partners will be able to track malaria cases, identify outbreaks and re-direct resources to where they are most needed. Rather than relying on maps with old or out-of-date data, PSI will be able to make informed decisions with real-time information collected by providers in the field.
WHO WILL USE THE APPLICATION?
This application is intended to be used by healthcare providers in the field after they have conducted an mRDT test. Once the application is downloaded, no internet connection is needed to access or enter data. A healthcare provider can open the application, complete a simple and highly visual 7 question survey and upload data to DHIS2, PSI’s MIS platform, once an internet connection is established.
Once this data is pushed to DHIS2, the Surveillance team is able to immediately identify hot spots, liaising with the National Malaria Control Program and Provincial Health Departments to determine the appropriate course of action. In addition to reducing the time taken to move data through the system, the app also alleviates some of the room for error. With a simple interface, pictorial prompts and clear response options, the app should improve the quality of data received. The data collected will be validated by comparing each individual entry with used Rapid Diagnostic Test cassettes, allowing supervisors to ensure that providers are reporting accurately.
WHERE WILL WE USE THE APPLICATION?
This application is will be used across the PSK managed Public Private Mix program, operating in 11 provinces and 26 operational districts. CNM will also have the option of adopting this tool if they should find it fit for purpose. The pilot testing will be conducted across 100 PPM providers, identified as being quick learners, with an interest in the program and higher caseloads. The tool will also be used among Plantation malaria workers, our most difficult – to –reach population.
WHEN WILL THE APPLICATION BE FULLY FUNCTIONAL ACROSS THE NETWORK?
The application will be in the hands of 100 providers by Quarter 1 of 2016, and fully functional across the network of 600 providers by Quarter 4 of 2016. The application is linked to the DHIS2 software employed by PSK for data management and analytics, and when the National Malaria Control Program server has been finalized and installed, data from the phones can be transmitted directly into the National Malaria Information System, regardless of the customization of the server.