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mHealth program, ILSGateway, reaches 1,600 facilities in Tanzania

November 12, 2012

More than 1,600 health facilities across Tanzania now report the stock status of 20 essential medicines through the ILSGateway. The ILSGateway is a mobile alert and reporting system that enables health facility workers to use their own phones to submit inventory reports through a text message. This digital reporting enables decisionmakers throughout the supply chain to view real-time stock status of essential medicines, including family planning and malaria products. The ILSGateway, implemented by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Tanzania in partnership with JSI under the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, was originally piloted in 105 facilities in 2010-2011, and is now being scaled-up nationally. To learn more about how ILSGateway functions, view this infographic.

The Tanzania MOHSW. showcased the ILSGateway during the “Using Mobile Technology to Improve Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programs” meeting Nov. 12-15 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This meeting convened USAID Missions across Sub-Saharan Africa to discuss how missions and their partners can ensure that their investments in mobile technology for family planning are based on the best evidence and experience from other health sectors, and can be scaled up economically and effectively.

A health facility that currently uses ILSGateway will host conference attendees for a site visit. Attendees also visited ILSGateway’s exhibit booth in addition to a booth featuring the Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report (PPMR) project. Also implemented under the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, the PPMR sytem compiles the stock information of family planning commodities from 32 countries to coordinate supply among USAID and UNFPA. The PPMR can be accessed online at http://ppmr.rhsupplies.org.

Profiles of ILSGateway and other mHealth projects in place across Africa were released at the meeting on Nov. 12 as part of the first edition of the “mHealth Compendium.” The compendium will soon be posted online—stay tuned to JSI’s website and Twitter handle to view the publication. To see how JSI uses mobile technology in several health sectors across the globe, click here.