Digital solutions for the collection, management, and visualization of data are desperately needed by most enterprises throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. This is particularly true in medical facilities, where a smooth circulation of data provides transparency to stakeholders and enables data-driven policy making.
Solutions that work well in the first-world often cannot be easily ported to developing countries due to unusual constraints in physical infrastructure and digital literacy, such as unreliable internet and electricity. In our case, we are providing medical facilities in Kenya with software for capturing medical data and the tracking progress of cases that work through the CHAMPS surveillance system. Our data collection solutions are based on open-source platforms, enabling them to be easily augmented with auxiliary tools for handling case management, analytics, and the subtleties of handling concurrent mortality projects that nevertheless seek to utilize the same questions. Together with our partners in the CDC, we devise strategies for working with these tools, advising field staff and lab technicians on how to use them most effectively.