Updated Mar 29, 2019

Smart Paper Technology

https://shifo.org/en/

Nargis Rahimi

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Shifo's Smart Paper Technology and change management processes enable reliable data to drive continuous improvement in the quality of care and health outcomes for women and children. Data is key to identify and close inequality gaps.

The Smart Paper Technology Solution addresses several root causes of the weak health system, poor quality of care and health information management and brings the following benefits: 1) Registration of children and women with unique ID during RMNCAH services and generating more accurate denominator and nominator data; 2) Tracking drop-outs and defaulters through facilities and outreaches; ...
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The Smart Paper Technology Solution addresses several root causes of the weak health system, poor quality of care and health information management and brings the following benefits: 1) Registration of children and women with unique ID during RMNCAH services and generating more accurate denominator and nominator data; 2) Tracking drop-outs and defaulters through facilities and outreaches; 3) Managing day-to-day stock and forecasting required stock at health facility level; 4) SMS reminders to improve demand and timeliness to RMNCAH services; 5) Generating HMIS reports and integrating to DHIS2 (national aggregate statistics system); 6) Minimising data related administration for health workers by at least 60% 7) The solution is scaled and used in all fixed, outreach, mobile clinics. 8) The solution is financially sustainable and can be fully transferred/integrated into the existing health system
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Stage 5: Scaling

Smart Paper Technology was implemented and externally evaluated in Afghanistan, Uganda and The Gambia. It is cost-effective, scalable, generates high-quality data and is integrated into the existing health system structure.

Focus Areas:

Health Systems, Data/Analytics, Maternal Newborn and Child Health and 1 MoreSEE ALL

Health Systems, Data/Analytics, Maternal Newborn and Child Health and Prevention & VaccinationSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Uganda, Afghanistan, Kenya and 1 MoreSEE ALL

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308,375
Lives Impacted to Date
4
Countries Implemented In
5
Customers
10
Employees

Problem

Two problems, which are hindering quality reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescence health (RMNCAH) services and are leading to high maternal and child mortality such as 1) Lack of reliable denominator, poor data quality, heavy data collection and reporting workload at facility and sub-national level 2) Lack of access to quality and relevant RMNCAH performance data and inadequate data use capacity for improving quality of care and health outcomes.

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Solution

Smart Paper Technology (SPT) enables health workers to register women and children with a unique ID and capture their health data on Smart Paper Forms. Afterwards, forms are scanned and automatically digitised at scanning stations. Forms are modelled after and replace existing paper forms used in the health centres (register books, tally sheets, summaries). Scanning stations are placed in selected sites (e.g. district, region) with proper ICT infrastructure already supported by the Government.

Target Beneficiaries

Women and children receiving RMNCAH services; frontline health workers, decision-makers and planners along the healthcare chain.

Mission and Vision

Our vision is to reach a day when no mother or child dies or suffers from preventable diseases. Our strategy to achieve the vision is by working together with key actors to identify and close the gaps based on reliable and relevant data and information

Competitive Advantage

Smart Paper Technology (SPT) is the solution which integrated the versatility of paper and information technology to reach children and women in the most rural and isolated areas and have reliable and relevant data from every corner of the country. The solution can work in any context including rural, urban, or insecure environments, and does not depend on electricity or network coverage at the point of care. This solution is developed based on the lessons learned with point-of-care electronic systems from low resource settings that Shifo also has worked with before and, at the same time, SPT solution delivers all the benefits of electronic health record systems.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Scaling up the solution nationally and sub-nationally in the existing and new countries with the highest maternal and child mortality and morbidity.
Funding Goal15,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted308,375
New Implemented CountriesEthiopia, Nigeria, Laos, Zambia, Tanzania

The Team Behind the Innovation

We are a multifaceted team with a range of diverse backgrounds including public health, biomedical engineering, development cooperation, research, user experience and design, business analysis, and software and hardware development. Our team is united by a common dream to see every family playing and smiling with their children and knowing they are protected from preventable diseases.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Lives Impacted
308,375
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Sep 2017
New Country Implemented In
Gambia, The
Sep 2017
New Country Implemented In
Kenya
Sep 2015
New Country Implemented In
Afghanistan
Sep 2013
New Country Implemented In
Uganda

Supporting Materials

shifoinfo.pdf