Siobhán O’Connor, a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University working on Supporting LIFE, was selected to take part in the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF)’s Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition. Along with two other female scientists, she presented her health research (the use of technology to manage infectious diseases in developing countries such as Malawi), to a group of young Scottish filmmakers on Saturday 17th June 2017. Based on this input, the young filmmakers had one week to produce a short film and submit it to be judged by a panel of film industry experts and the three researchers. All six short films were shown on the big screen at Cineworld on Sunday 2nd July, where the winners and runners up were announced and given cash prizes to help them continue their careers.
Supporting LIFE contributes to the youth filmmaking competition at the Edinburgh Film Festival: A project member delivered, on 17 June 2017, a short presentation on Malaria and the SL App to young filmmakers. They will use the presentation to produce a short film to be submitted to the competition. On 2 July 2017, the festival will screen this film and all other finished films on the big screen at Cineworld and announce the winners of the competition.
Supporting LIFE will present a paper at the International Conference on Information Systems Development, ISD 2017, taking place in Larnaca (Cyprus) from 6 to 8 September 2017.
The Supporting LIFE trials have been recently finished. Although a thorough analysis of results will take a lot of time, the Supporting LIFE team has already compiled a few preliminary findings. These findings will be presented to local stakeholders on 9 February in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi.
What difference does it make if HSAs use the Supporting LIFE app instead of paper-based CCM? As of next week, first data will be available to answer this question.
This autumn, Supporting LIFE and 100 Malawi health surveillance assistants set out to quantify the effect of Supporting LIFE’s mobile community case management application on health system outcomes.
Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) involved in a feasibility study preferred the Supporting LIFE Community Case Management (CCM) mobile app over the paper-based version. The app increased adherence to the CCM guidelines, which could help save children’s lives.
In low- and middle-income countries, the clinical decision tool Community Case Management helps frontline health workers to correctly diagnose major causes of morbidity and mortality (e.g. pneumonia, malaria) of under-5 children. This decision tool saves lives, and mobile technology can increase its effectiveness.
eHealth has the potential to improve healthcare in low- and middle-income countries. However, only with adequate training can eHealth reach its full potential. This is why Supporting LIFE partners have developed a course “Introduction to ICT and eHealth” for Malawi Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs).