Arriving at Lungi International Airport in Sierra Leone is an adventure. After clearing immigration and collecting your bags, you must take a sea taxi to cross the Sierra Leone River to get to Freetown. In early August, we took this route along with a number of experts in health information systems (HIS) to facilitate the first ever Sierra Leone HIS Interoperability Workshop held August 2 – 4, 2016.
The story of mHero illustrates how simple mobile technology can connect frontline health workers to supervisors, information, and each other. This year, mPowering Frontline Health Workers (mPowering) collaborated with IntraHealth Interational’s mHero team to understand how this same connection could help health workers access training and educational materials on their mobile devices.
Sierra Leone has successfully tested the mHero platform. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) sent a health worker validation message to more than 8,000 health workers across the country. Much like the mHero pilot test in Liberia, the initial messages sent were designed to confirm health worker information, which can be used to update iHRIS, the human resources information system used by the MOHS.