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Access to health services across the globe is essential to a functioning society and economy. In developing countries, a general trend is that of over-crowded and under-resourced medical facilities as well as poor education of the population on how to better access health services and advice. 

Project Everest aims to reduce access barriers to health advice through mHealth applications (https://searchhealthit.techtarget.com/definition/mHealth)

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Does privatization of clinics deserve its somewhat associated stigma? The Malawi Health Team (February) has undergone very successful and promising situational analyses this month, and with approximately one working week remaining in the project month, the team is very eager to pursue pre-diagnostic application testing if all goes to plan with College of Medicine Research and Ethics Committee (COMREC) approval. After recent presentation of the research protocol of Your.MD mobile health...

Brittannie Northey
by Brittannie Northey
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Brittannie Northey

The February Health team has dived head-first into situational analyses of clinics in the Blantyre region. While this has given valuable data on the demand-side issues such as over-congestion, lack of health literacy and short consult times, it has also reared the head of significant supply-side bottlenecks particularly in District Health Office (DHO) registered clinics. The Problem? Supply-Side Semantics. We are constantly seeing clinics complain of shortages in general medical...

Luke Wetmore
by Luke Wetmore
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Luke Wetmore

Introduction Carrying on from the submission of a Research Protocol to the Blantyre College of Medicine Research and Ethics Committee (COMREC) on the 3 rd of January the February Health Team has focused on further research into Blantyre’s healthcare system. This has come in the form of a series of Situational Analyses in both publicly registered and private health clinics in rural and urban Blantyre. Goals:   30 Data Points - Situational   Analysis...

Isaac Crawford
by Isaac Crawford
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Isaac Crawford

Yesterday we had a meeting with a stakeholder, he brought along his intern Q. She introduced us to her shortcode program for maternity. The outcome from this was great for our project as it showed that adapting the Your. MD application to shortcode is very possible. Q talked us through the process of setting up a shortcode and how it actually works. Unique ideas can be created for each individual user making it possible to create a history book for users of our project. Talking through the...

Jayden Daley
by Jayden Daley
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Jayden Daley

Following on from my last post, the majority of Malawian people have been very welcoming of our ideas, and supportive of our intentions. This is largely due to the extent of inefficiencies within the existing healthcare system, and the desperation that arises from this. The Health Team is very aware that as a result, people may be reluctant to point out flaws in any suggestions that we have so as not to discourage assistance. During last Friday’s workshop at the College of Medicine,...

Annabelle Bennett
by Annabelle Bennett
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Annabelle Bennett

Stepping off into Malawi, one our biggest concerns moving forward was the smartphone penetration within the community. However following the western trend, more citizens of Malawi are switching from your brick phone to a smartphone. Your. MD, as well as all applications, will only be accessible from a smart phone. Majority of the community would not have access to our product. This left the health team with a big question, how do we make a large scale impact with an application? One idea...

Jayden Daley
by Jayden Daley
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Jayden Daley

As of the end of week 2, the Health team has been fully immersed the communities of Nancholi and Blantyre City, smashing data collection goals and gaining some really valuable insights from the survey responses provided by locals.   Based on these interactions, it has become quite clear why Malawi is considered to be the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. On the whole, respondents have been very open to answering questions and doing all that they can to welcome us to their communities. In line with...

Annabelle Bennett
by Annabelle Bennett
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Comments 17
Annabelle Bennett

After 2 weeks of goal setting, data collection and sharing experiences in the Blantyre and Nancholi communities,  it has become apparent that the health care system is a manifestation of the inequality the exists within various socioeconomic classes of Malawi.  Major concerns within the healthcare system include the under supply and turbulent availability of pharmaceuticals, financial barriers, and often limited health literacy.   The consequences of these factors are far reaching and...

Maddie Balzer
by Maddie Balzer
13 Votes
Comments 1
Maddie Balzer
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The Malawi Health team has identified overall project goals to work towards throughout the month of January. The December team did an incredible job creating a research protocol to enable future Health Teams in Malawi to test the MVP, a learning cognitive app.   The 2017 December identified the need for raw data on the health status and system of Malawi. For this month the Health Team want to establish a foundation of data points that will be essential for any future health teams...

Emily Armstrong
by Emily Armstrong
11 Votes
Comments 5
Emily Armstrong

Enjoy this recap of the December team’s work! There are pertinent documents attached that you should take the time to sit down and have a good read of. Additionally, this will be Project Everest’s first time applying for research clearance in the health industry! Exciting times.   Throughout the month, the team has laid an excellent foundation for the future development of a pre-diagnostic medical application in primary healthcare clinics in Blantyre. Initially, the team had a...

Edan Baker
by Edan Baker
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Edan Baker