Creating a world

with robust reproductive, maternal and child health data

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What we do
Shifo Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Sweden. Our goal is to see that every mother and child is reached with maternal and preventive healthcare, no matter where they live.
To do this we
develop and implement innovations that can be integrated into existing health information structures, whether urban or rural
work in close collaboration with local partners to ensure ownership, scalability and sustainability
make available children and women's health data to authorised personnel for effective and safe follow up and continued treatment
supply high quality data to all parts of the health care chain where it is used for planning and performance monitoring
Shifo's interventions are designed to be used in low-resource contexts, and to work without electricity at the point of care delivery. Evaluations done in different countries indicate that the Shifo Solution saves the time health workers spend on data entry and reporting by more than 60%, and enables above 99% data completeness, consistency and timeliness.
Why we do it
An estimated 2.6 million stillbirths, 2.7 million neonatal deaths and 303,000 maternal deaths occur globally each year, most of them in low or middle income countries. With Shifo, our goal is to strengthen health systems so that together, we can decrease these numbers.
Shifo was founded with a mission to use the power of data and technology to drive improvements in healthcare delivery, accountability and transparency, to realise the vision of no child dying or suffering from preventable diseases, no matter where they live.
If interventions to reduce dropouts; improve coverage and timeliness, and quality of care, are better implemented, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health coverage and quality of care could be improved with several strategies.
Shifo Solution directly improves health information systems in low resource settings by enabling better data and use along the healthcare chain. Better health information systems help us identify the gaps and problems, and puts us in a better position to be able to solve them.
How we do it
The way in which Shifo approaches all of its work is aligned with SDG17, which calls for inclusive partnerships that place people and the planet at the the global, regional, national and local level.
Working together with partners has always been a fundamental part of our strategy, as we believe that by uniting key actors in a transparent way, we can empower health workers with knowledge and effective tools, and we can strive together to reach every mother and child with essential health services no matter where they live.
What sets Shifo apart is our ability to bring systemic change with the implementation of our solution, we can provide a solution that is scalable across countries and our solutions can be sustained with existing government budgets.
Lessons learned
The very first solution we developed was an eHealth solution where health workers used a mobile device (e.g. laptops or mobile phones) to collect data at the point-of-care delivery. We quickly found that in some regions it worsened the very issues we had set out to improve. Because so many of the areas where we work have unstable electricity, internet connectivity and security, mobile devices cannot be relied upon.
This means that either health workers cannot collect data whenever there is a power outage, or they have to keep the old paper-based system as a back-up - meaning they have to do double work!
After seeing these issues firsthand, we went back to the drawing board and came up with a method that is now used for most of our solutions and that utilises Smart Paper Technology. This new use of technology blends the old paper-based system with new electronic processes and gives more areas the ability to report on valuable data from all of their clinics.
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