Using Data to Monitor, Evaluate, and Reflect on Our Work
It is vital that the work we are doing in rural southwestern Ethiopia is monitored and evaluated so that we may learn what is working, what is not, and what the path forward should be. To this end, Village Health Partnership has launched a new app with our longtime partner, Water Engineers for the Americas and Africa (WEFTA).
The app, called the Safe Clinic Toolkit, is a data collection tool that monitors and evaluates infrastructure for WASH (Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene), infection prevention controls, equipment and supplies, and clinical skills, with a focus on maternal and neonatal health. The Toolkit is an app that can be used on a smartphone or tablet with any one of the focus areas listed above or as a whole for monitoring healthcare facilities.
Along with our partners in Ethiopia, we will use the Safe Clinic Toolkit to monitor healthcare facilities in the West Omo Zone, where we are working to build a complete and effective health system of care that is able to adequately meet the needs of pregnant women and neonates.
Village Health Partnership is committed to using data to improve existing programs and identify new areas of need. We have partnered on many WASH projects with WEFTA over the last several years, and we are excited to launch this streamlined new way of tracking the effectiveness of programs with the goal of improving maternal health.
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