Provided by Smart Paper Technology Solution
Children Fully Vaccinated
Children Followed-up with SMS
* The number represents children registered using all Shifo solutions: MyChild App, MyChild Card and Smart Paper Forms
** fixed and outreach sites
In 2013, Shifo began a collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Uganda (MoH) to implement and evaluate point-of-care electronic immunisation registry system in Mukono and Wakiso Districts. Assessments showed that point-of-care eHealth solutions are not timely in Uganda and cannot replace existing systems based on paper forms, because of lack of infrastructure in most health service delivery points (HSDP), lack of technical support structures at a district and facility levels, and high operating costs which are not sustainable for MoH. Based on lessons learned, we discovered that a Smart Paper Technology alternative offered a more sustainable and scalable solution.
Based on an external evaluation in Mukono District in 2018, MoH decided to shift/retire existing system and use exclusively Smart Paper Technology in all the health facilities in Uganda, for supporting immunisation, child growth monitoring services. This was an important decision for bringing systems change and institutionalising Smart Paper Technology Solution in Uganda.
And in 2019, MoH proposed to extend the capabilities of SPT to support entire RMNCH services, which consists of Family Planning, Antenatal, Delivery, Postnatal, Immunisation and Nutrition services.
Currently, Shifo together with MoH, WHO and Plan International have started the scale-up process, which is divided into 4 phases: 1st phase will scale-up SPT in 10 districts; 2nd phase to 20 districts; 3rd phase to 30 districts; and 4th phase to reach national coverage. We are currently seeking partnerships to support scale-up efforts.
We couldn't reach this far without the generous financial support from The Swedish Postcode Foundation, IKEA Foundation, Plan International, IKARE, and Children's Investment Fund Foundation.
The following data use interventions are integrated across the health care chain.
Based on the results of external evaluations, we are working with our partners to scale up the Smart Paper Technology Solution to more districts.
External evaluation of data quality, efficiency and operational cost of the Smart Paper Technology Solution
External Evaluation of transfer of work processes to the existing health system
Enabling birth registration using the Smart Paper Technology Solution
For health workers in Uganda, SMS reminders to parents are “the hope we needed”
On the way to reducing the workload for Ugandan health workers