COVID-19:
RESPONDING TO THE PANDEMIC

As a company dedicated to the health and wellbeing of underserved people globally, we are deeply concerned about the effects of COVID-19 on the communities we serve. While COVID-19 spreads rapidly, we continue providing our partners with critical services as well as responding to the growing crisis. We are supporting partners in pivoting to enable programme continuity, while also developing new ways of supporting preparedness and response efforts across the globe.

Scope is actively contributing to the Inter-agency Working Group of Reproductive Health in Crises. We are researching and advocating for improved COVID-19 services for vulnerable populations, as well as designing rapid, remote means to co-create emergency responses, facility improvements, and community mobilisation efforts.

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mHealth in West Africa

In 2013, M4ID conducted a research project for CORE Advise, mapping the mHealth application ecosystem in French speaking West Africa, with a focus on maternal and newborn health related interventions.
CORE Advise
West Africa
2013

The study focused on eight mHealth themes that emerged from the research:

  • Access to accurate and user-friendly information
  • Learning, training and specialist support for health professionals
  • Remote consultation, diagnosis and treatment
  • Emergency services & responses
  • Patient communication & tracking as well as access to patient records
  • Real-time data collection/monitoring and ability to transmit health information
  • Strengthen supply chain management & distribution of commodities
  • Support health financing through micro-insurance, vouchers & health savings services

The recommendations related to three key objectives:

  • How to advance system-level solutions that deliver sustained, scalable and locally appropriate interventions, linked to local health systems?
  • What mechanisms could contribute to building capacity to plan, manage and evaluate ICTs lead health interventions, including supporting available country level capabilities?
  • Empowering women’s participation and lowering access barriers, including removing financial barriers, focusing on low technology services, improving incentives for female mobile owners and ensuring that women participate on the service/product design processes
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