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ACCESS Health mHealth Project Announced as 2014 ISIF Asia Award Winner

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Manila, PHILIPPINES – July 25, 2014 – ACCESS Health International, an international not for profit organization focused on universal healthcare, has been selected as a winner of the 2014 ISIF Asia Awards for the e-Action for Universal Healthcare Coverage (e-AKaP) Project, a mobile health project to improve maternal and child care in the Philippines.

Awarded in the “Innovation on Access Provision” category, the e-AKaP Project uses innovative mobile technology to expand the capacity of government frontline health workers to deliver high quality, integrated maternal and child healthcare to the poorest Filipino families.

The e-AKaP Project provides mobile tablets and trains frontline workers, also called community health teams, to use an application called iCHT (automated Community Health Team). The teams use iCHT during household visits. The application stores household information until an internet connection is available. It expedites the health data reporting process from the community to City Health Offices, healthcare facilities, and national government offices.

Through the e-AKaP Project, the community health teams are able to identify health risks, deliver targeted multimedia health messages to families, track progress, and manage follow up visits more easily. The e-AKaP Project has decreased spending for materials and increased team efficiency, allowing them to reach more families than before. To date, the eAKaP Project has trained one hundred frontline health workers, covering about five thousand families.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by ISIF Asia for our groundbreaking work with the community health teams.” said Mary Rose Rontal, Program Manager for ACCESS Health Philippines, the ACCESS Health International team that designed and manages the e-AKaP Project. “Our success with e-AKaP is a great example of how one piece of mobile technology can expand access to care to more mothers and families, increase the efficiency of the health system, and strengthen the ability of the government to plan for and make improvements to the system.”

About the Awards

ACCESS Health Philippines was one of ninety three nominees across the four award categories. Nominees came from sixteen economies in the Asia Pacific. The Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF Asia) selected one winner in each of the four categories. Each winner received a cash prize of nearly three thousand dollars (US) to support the continuation of the project and a travel grant to participate at the ninth Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey.

The ISIF Asia Awards seek to acknowledge the important contributions that innovators in information and communications technology have made to their communities. The Information Society Innovation Fund focuses on innovations that have already demonstrated success using the internet to address social and development challenges.

About ACCESS Health International

ACCESS Health International, Inc. is a not for profit think tank and consulting group with a mission to improve access to high quality, affordable healthcare for people everywhere. ACCESS Health partners across sectors in low, middle, and high income countries to drive scalable innovation in healthcare delivery, financing, and technology. For more information about the work of ACCESS Health International, go to www.accessh.org.

For more information contact:

Susan Wile Schwarz
Director of Communications
susan@accessh.org
+1 917 447 1254

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