mPowering’s ORB library has played a central role in USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) Zika response team. Since the beginning of the response team’s program year in September 2016, MCSP has supported the launch of a Zika-specific domain on the ORB platform as well as translation of the entire site into Spanish. Learn more about USAID’s Zika response here.
mPowering joined forces with the MCSP Zika response team for preliminary planning in June 2016. Over the last year, we have curated 40 Zika health worker training materials on the Zika domain while developing and improving processes for content review and dissemination with support from USAID and our partners. While progress has been made, mPowering has identified areas in need of improvement in order to more effectively promote content sharing and use of mobile tools for frontline health workers and communities.
In any training initiative, but especially in instances of emergency response, sharing content to decrease duplication of effort and cut costs is critical. Organizations can connect on content sharing platforms like the Zika Communications Network, coordinated by K4Health, to share materials they are creating.
mPowering is urging content creators to take one more step toward collaboration by open-licensing materials and allowing others to download and share resources in their training settings. By using Creative Commons licensing on health worker training content, the time spent on gaining an organization’s permission for use is decreased, if not eliminated. Considering that many organizations do not place licenses on their products, content is better protected with a CC license by providing clear instructions as to how the materials can be used, duplicated, or adapted.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how mPowering can support your efforts to advocate use of CC licensing within your organization!
mPowering Frontline Health Workers is excited to announce our entire ORB platform is now available in Spanish. ORB users can now select Spanish under the Language tab in the top menu of the ORB homepage to change the language on the site.
The ORB platform connects trainers and frontline health workers to quality-assured mobile-ready training resources. For content developers, ORB delivers content to a large audience of trainers, implementers, and health workers.
ORB hosts content on reproductive, maternal, and child health, including materials to help health workers respond to Zika virus. Zika content includes tools and resources that health workers can use to learn new information, refresh their skills, and counsel patients who have suspected or confirmed cases of Zika. Some examples include:
If you have Zika-related training materials to share on ORB, please visit www.health-orb.org and click on ‘add resource’ for submission guidelines and instructions. For ideas on how to integrate ORB content into training programs, please click here or contact us at email@example.com.
For those with Spanish-speaking networks, please share the following announcement of ORB’s Spanish launch:
¡mPowering Frontline Health Workers se complace en anunciar que la biblioteca en línea de ORB ya está disponible en español! ORB conecta a los trabajadores de salud de primera línea con recursos de alta calidad para capacitación e información sobre sus dispositivos móviles. ORB alberga contenido de capacitación sobre el virus del Zika que incluye herramientas y recursos que los trabajadores de salud pueden usar para aprender nueva información, actualizar sus habilidades, y asesorar a pacientes que tienen casos sospechosos o confirmados del virus del Zika. ¡Visite www.health-orb.org para encontrar materiales educativos como esta Guía de Consejería de Planificación Familiar para Mujeres en español e inglés!
On World Water Day, mPowering recognizes the role of health workers in improving access to clean water in their communities.
Our partners at UNICEF report that every day, 800 children die from causes related to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or a lack of clean water. This number is tragically high, but only begins to tell the story of the health burden faced by the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to improved sanitation. Frontline health workers, like community health workers and nurses, work every day to help their communities have access to clean water and practice healthy behaviors like handwashing with soap.
Through ORB, mPowering connects trainers and health workers with quality-assured, mobile-optimized training materials on topics related to maternal and child health, including water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). The new WASH domain on ORB holds resources that health workers can use to improve their skills and knowledge, like this mobile course on Urban WASH. It also includes resources, like this video on handwashing that health workers can use to promote healthy behaviors in their communities.
Head over to ORB to view our WASH resources. If you have resources to share that meet the ORB criteria, click here to share them on ORB.
To learn more about World Water Day and how you can get involved, visit www.worldwaterday.org.
Photo Credit: Allan Gichigi/MCSP
A community health volunteer shows a woman the importance of handwashing after toilet use. Migori County, Kenya
Today, mPowering Frontline Health Workers is launching a new domain on ORB featuring free, mobile-ready, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) training materials for health workers.
According to WHO and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, every year, there are nearly 1.7 billion cases of diarrheal disease, causing about 760,000 child deaths. An estimated 10-15% of maternal deaths are due to infections linked to unhygienic conditions during labor and poor hygiene practices during the six week postpartum period.
Handwashing is the single most cost-effective intervention to prevent pneumonia and diarrhea in children and reduces infections during pregnancy and childbirth.
ORB’s WASH materials provide training and information surrounding waste management, urban water supply, sanitation planning, environmental health and a variety of other key issues related to WASH. All materials on ORB are quality assured to be accurate, relevant for health workers, and usable on mobile devices.
If your organization has WASH content that meets ORB’s criteria, we invite you to share that content on the ORB platform. Visit health-orb.org to download and share mobile-ready, openly-licensed WASH training materials today!
Photo by Kate Holt/Jhpiego
Today, mPowering Frontline Health Workers is announcing a new health area – Zika virus- on its ORB platform. ORB now hosts mobile-friendly materials to support training for frontline health workers on Zika.
The ORB platform connects trainers and frontline health workers to mobile-ready training resources. For content developers, ORB delivers content to a large audience of trainers, implementers, and health workers.
New Zika content on ORB covers tools and resources that health workers can use to learn new information, refresh their skills, and counsel patients who have suspected or confirmed cases of Zika. Some examples of content on ORB include:
We will continue to add to the Zika domain as new materials become available. If you have Zika-related training materials to share on ORB, please visit health-orb.org and click on ‘add resource’ for submission guidelines and instructions. For ideas on how to integrate ORB content into training programs, please click here or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Content review for these materials was provided by the USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP); and content was identified from mPowering’s call for content, as well as MCSP’s Zika Landscape Analysis. For community engagement and communication materials related to Zika, visit the Zika Communication Network here.