The App in Action: Notes from the Field Testing
We have some exciting updates to share about the Ebola Care app. Last month Journey, the Ebola Care app developers, reached out to us at GlobalGiving for help connecting with grassroots organizations working in West Africa that normally wouldn’t have access to this much-needed software and technology. GlobalGiving works with thousands of locally-driven organizations around the world, and specializes in connecting these nonprofits with money, information, and ideas. We were able to connect Journey to two nonprofits in Liberia (More Than Me and Imani House) that piloted the app and provided feedback to the developers.
“I am blown away by the Ebola Care app developed by your team at Journey Apps and must say it exceeded my expectations, “ said Sam Herring, a Liberian data manager from a small organization called More Than Me. Sam was one of the field testers of the app. “The application is very user friendly, secure, which is of the utmost importance when dealing with medical data, and having data automatically dumped into a spreadsheets makes developing reports a walk in the park.”
Sam explained that as data manager, one of his biggest hurdles has been accessing real-time data: “the use of paper based forms has proven to be challenge. We've developed custom forms to capture exactly what we need in terms of data, but collecting the data has been a slow process. In order to be effective during any crisis, accessing real-time data is paramount as time is of the essence.”
Sam describes how the Ebola Care app has sped up the data collection and reporting process: “Data that once took weeks to receive is now rolling in by the minute. This allows us to identify hot zone (areas with a high rate of suspected cases), have our ambulance transport suspected Ebola patients to ETU's (Ebola Treatment Units) immediately, send in our social mobilization team to provide psychosocial support, food and cleaning items to affected homes, and our nursing team to educate residents on way to prevent the spread of the virus.”
One of the key benefits of the app has been the elimination of the use of paper forms by data managers like Sam: “Limiting interactions and contact with people is an effective means of limiting one’s chances of contracting the deadly Ebola virus. Handling thousands of paper forms not Knowing who or how many people touch them prior to you has been one of my greatest concerns. The Ebola Care app gives me the ability to collect data while limiting my interactions with hundreds of data collectors.”
Now that the app has been field-tested, the Journey team has begun working with additional organizationsto use the app for their Ebola relief efforts. (And given the nature of the technology, they’re looking forward to continual improvement of the app as more partners put it to use.) A corporate partner donated one thousand Android phones to GlobalGiving for distribution to healthcare workers in West Africa. Once the app is loaded on those phones, GlobalGiving and Journey will work hard to get those phones into the hands of the right people on the ground to make sure they can do the most good. If you know of any additional partners who may be interested in using the app, please send them this link: https://surveyglobalgiving.wufoo.com/forms/ebolacare-smartphone-request/
The Ebola Care app story highlights several really exceptional stories of people coming together to fight Ebola from within and from outside West Africa. What’s clear here is that key to fighting Ebola is not just raising more money. It’s about making sure that that the right funding gets to the right people who are driving prevention and treatment systems that make sense in the local context. That’s why GlobalGiving is partnering with Journey for this project: not only to provide our local partner organizations access to the funding they need, but also to help them connect to information, ideas, and people that can help multiply their impact in their communities.
We look forward to sending more updates in the next several months. Thank you for your support.
Last week we shared how your donations are making a difference on a large scale to combat Ebola in West Africa. This week we wanted to share with you more specifically the direct impact that your support is making in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
As we enter 2015, more than 20,000 cases of the Ebola virus have been suspected or confirmed in West Africa and more than 8,000 people have died from the virus. Ebola has had enormous consequences on the affected countries - existing health systems have been devastated, schools have been closed for nearly a year, and economic development has stalled. Despite these challenges - and thanks to your support - progress is being made. New cases are starting to decline in many areas, the government of Liberia announced that schools would reopen on February 2, and the path to zero new Ebola cases is now possible.
We’re happy to announce that thanks to your support, we have just sent an additional $1.8 million to our partners working to combat the Ebola crisis in West Africa. A summary of each of the grants given is below, and we’ll continue to update you with the progress on these grants in the coming months.
AdvocAid: To provide Ebola prevention materials and food supplements to 7 female prisons, 20 police stations, and 50 ex-prisoners and their children throughout Sierra Leone.
Africa Responds: To fund two grassroots groups in Liberia (AAD and Face Africa) and two in Sierra Leone (HOPE and WAHD), along with community outreach of grassroots stories and Diaspora outreach.
BRAC: To reinforce BRAC's network of community workers to raise awareness and stop the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Develop Africa: To provide medical supplies to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and support children orphaned due to Ebola in Sierra Leone.
everyday gandhis: To provide four months of supplies for 4 clinics, 2 private nurses, and 10 public restrooms
Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa: To carry out Ebola awareness in conjunction with a sexual and reproductive health campaign.
Global Communities: To conduct community-level and district-level Ebola education and outreach meetings.
Greatest Goal Ministries: To provide awareness on Ebola, as well as medical/sanitation supplies and food to disabled families in six districts in Sierra Leone.
Healthy Women, Healthy Liberia!: To train and hire 10 community health workers to provide health education, lead vaccination and immunization campaigns and provide first aid in Kakata, Liberia.
Imani House: To support a health clinic in Brewerville, Liberia to hire additional staff and community outreach workers, distribute Ebola prevention kits, and purchase additional medical supplies.
International Medical Corps: To restore the functionality of 7-10 Community Primary Care Clinics in Sierra Leone, to help in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in the region.
Internews: To build a dashboard facilitating two-way communication to ensure accurate Ebola-related information flows between local media, government, and health agencies; and to provide support to Community Action Against Ebola (CAAEB).
IsraAid: To provide psychosocial support for Ebola survivors and health care workers and to support a life story program called "Ebola Heroes" in Sierra Leone.
KidSave International: To recruit and train foster families to care for 140 children who are orphaned due to Ebola.
Last Mile Health: To support health facilities, the Ministry of Health, and train and supervise Community Health Workers in Rivercess County, LIberia to combat Ebola.
More than Me: To fund the Ebola-free Coalition's efforts to provide ambulance services, outreach and case finding, home health care, household communication, and quarantine kits in Montserrado County, Liberia.
National Empowerment Program for Women and Children: To carry out door-to-door awareness, contact tracing, psychosocial support to survivors, families and communities, and take-home education lessons.
Nursing for All: To support nurse-led community initiatives on Ebola prevention and education in Ganta and Monrovia, Liberia.
PCI-Media Impact: To support PCI-Media Impact's #ISurvivedEbola radio drama series and call-in show.
Save the Children: To provide WASH support to health clinics to help fight the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.
Solon Foundation: To provide in-home Ebola awareness and general education using an innovative teaching model for students who are unable to continue their education while schools are closed in Sierra Leone due to Ebola.
Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK): To provide awareness, contact tracing and psychosocial support related to Ebola, as well as provide a transit center for children affected by Ebola, train foster parents, and carry out family tracing.
UNICEF: To support UNICEF's Ebola protection efforts in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, including running community care centers, social mobilization, and child care and protection.
Vision Awake Africa for Development: To carry out contact tracing, education, provision of PPEs, and support to Ebola orphans and survivors in Paynesville, Liberia.
WeOwnTV: To create 4 PSAs and 5 episodes of an education drama series about Ebola, and translate those media into 11 languages for radio broadcast in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, as well as to support the creation of a full-length documentary.
West Point Women for Health and Development: To promote zero transmission of Ebola in West Point, Liberia and surrounding areas through community outreach, providing medical supplies, assistance to survivors, and coordinating community Ebola support.
Thank you again for your critical support for these efforts. We’d love any questions or comments you have on this support, so please share your thoughts!
It’s a new year and that means many new beginnings. I’m excited to share with you our first Project of the Month selection for 2015, an organization that’s helping refugee families lay a strong foundation in their new home country.
But first, let me tell you about what you accomplished last month! You and 220 other Club members gave a total of $7,228 to support Dream a Dream's “Empowering Vulnerable Young People with Life Skills” project in India. Your generosity is helping 100 youth from the Bangalore area attend a camp program focused on building their self-confidence, interpersonal skills and critical thinking.
This month your donation will fund “Bridge To Self Reliance 2000 Refugees San Diego CA”, a project from the Episcopal Refugee Network of San Diego. Project leader Elaine McLevie was thrilled to hear about her project’s selection, and told us that the timing couldn’t be better. She explains:
“Not only are January and February months in which we frequently receive very few donations, but we usually receive an influx of new families in those months. This year is no exception. Many of the families are large, and supplies of donated bedding and household goods are in high demand. So is transportation to medical and other offices and translation at those visits, because, more often than not, the family does not speak, read or write English. What a boost to our morale it was to have this show of confidence in the value of what we do.”
Elaine also added that your funds could help them start a new program to boost adult literacy rates in San Diego’s refugee community, which would help improve their job prospects. Not a bad start to the new year!
Warmly,Mari and the GlobalGiving Team