WHO Guideline Development Meeting

Jembi CEO, Dr Chris Seebregts, attended a meeting of the WHO Guideline Development Group from 6-8 June 2018 in Geneva. The meeting was convened by the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, that includes the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research in Human Reproduction and focused on Digital Health Interventions for SRMNCAH (Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health) and Health Systems Strengthening.

The meeting considered several digital health implementation guidelines, including:

  • Targeted client communication for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (SRMNCAH)
  • Digital decision support accessible via mobile devices to improve quality of health services provided
  • Digital tracking of client’s health status and services to improve coverage and timeliness of care
  • Digital notification and tracking of stock levels to improve availability of commodities at point of care
  • Digital notifications of birth and death events to improve coverage and timeliness of care
  • Digital training content accessible by healthcare providers via mobile devices to improve competence and adherence to clinical guidelines

The guidelines panel evaluated the interventions in terms of the positive and negative effects of the intervention; acceptability of the intervention; feasibility of the intervention; gender, equity and human rights and the resources required.  This was supplemented by conclusions; the type of recommendation; implementation considerations; monitoring and evaluation and research priorities.