data collection on a mobile

Cell-Life, Case Study 11

Posted by EKStallings on Nov 04, 2011
Cell-Life, Case Study 11 data sheet 617 Views
Willmers, Michelle, Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams
Publication Date: 
Feb 2009
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

This case study analyses the ways in which the Cell-Life initiative, a collaboration between UCT‘s (University of Cape Town) departments of Civil and Electrical Engineering and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), utilises technology-based solutions (in particular, cellphone technology) for the life management of patients living with HIV/AIDS.

Cell-Life is a model example of a socially responsive endeavor which utilizes technology to overcome limitations and constraints. The use of cellphones to save lives by aiding adherence to the ARV medication regime and gather data is a remarkable contribution to the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic and signifies an intersection between the academic endeavour, innovation and the lives of ordinary people on the ground. The open approach taken by the organisation in sharing its work also illustrates how research is able to contribute to the 'undead count' (i.e. the number of lives saved) of academic research, which must surely be considered the greatest achievement of any endeavor.


Improving Standards of Care with Mobile Applications in Tanzania

Posted by EKStallings on Nov 01, 2011
Improving Standards of Care with Mobile Applications in Tanzania data sheet 768 Views
Bogan, Molly, Jan van Esch, Gayo Mhila, Brian DeRenzi, Caroline Mushi, Timothy Wakabi, Neal Lesh, Marc Mitchell
Publication Date: 
Apr 2009
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

In this paper, we present D-tree International’s work with medical algorithms and mobile applications to improve the standards of care in clinical and community settings. In particular, we present a mobile phone-based application called CommCare which helps community health workers (CHWs) to provide home-based care and social support to HIV, tuberculosis and other chronic patients. The application guides the CHWs through a series of questions which they answer using the phone’s number pad. The data then can be submitted directly to a central database over a cellular GPRS network.

We report on our experience developing and testing the application in Tanzania, including the iterative development process with the CHWs and training them to use the program. We include an account of some of the hardware and software issues encountered and resolved during the process, and some initial reactions from the first CHWs and clients to use the program. While the formal evaluation of the program is still in progress, initial findings show that the phonebased system is generally viewed positively by the users and by the clients as more discreet and better for privacy than the paper-based system.


Mobile Researcher

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Sep 09, 2009
Mobile Researcher data sheet 3724 Views
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The success of any project is limited by the ability to receive, exchange, react to and disseminate information. Traditional research techniques suffer from a range of common challenges which are compounded in developing countries; such challenges include geographic distribution, inefficient collaboration, limited infrastructure, harsh operational conditions, low technological literacy, translation difficulties and participation resistance.

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Brief Description: 

The Mobile Researcher platform coordinates communication and data collection, exposing live data for management, processing, monitoring and evaluation. Surveys are designed and deployed from a web console where administrators log-in to collaborate on survey design, manage staff and analyze and export response data. The mobile application, installed on fieldworker or end user handsets, downloads assigned surveys and facilitates their conduct, storage and submission directly from the phone.

Tool Category: 
App resides and runs on a mobile phone
App resides and runs on a server
Key Features : 


  • Flexible web-based design of surveys
  • Data capture on low-end handsets without coverage


Main Services: 
Voting, Data Collection, Surveys, and Polling
Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
Java ME
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Organizations Using the Tool: 


  • Medical Research Council
  • Human Sciences Research Council
  • Stellenbosch University


Number of Current End Users: 
Number of current beneficiaries: 
Over 100,000
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Device support is under continuous improvement. Some of the most popular supported devices are: LG: CU400, F2400, KE970 (Shine), KG220, KG320, KG920, M4410, P7200, S5200 Motorola: A780, A910, A1200, C975, E1, E2, E6, E770, E1000, FOMA M1000, I870, L2, L6, L6i, Motokrzr K1, Motorazr V3, Motorazr V3e, Motorazr V3i, Motorazr V3t, Motorazr V3x, Motorazr V3xx, Motorazr maxx V6, Motorizr Z3, Motorokr E1, Motorokr E2, Motorokr E6, Motoslvr L7, PEBL U6, V195, V197, V365, V980, V1050, V1100, Z3 Nokia: 1680 Classic, 2600 Classic, 2610, 2626, 2630, 2855, 2865, 2865i, 3120 Classic, 3152, 3155, 3155i, 3220, 5000, 5070, 5140i, 5200, 5300, 5500, 6020, 6021, 6030, 6060, 6070, 6080, 6085, 6086, 6101, 6102, 6102i, 6103, 6110 Navigator, 6111, 6125, 6126, 6131, 6133, 6136, 6151, 6152, 6155, 6155i, 6165, 6170, 6230, 6230i, 6233, 6234, 6235, 6235i, 6255, 6265, 6265i, 6270, 6275, 6275i, 6280, 6282, 6288, 6290, 6300, 6500 Classic, 6500 Slide, 6630, 6680, 6681, 6682, 6822, 7260, 7270, 7360, 7370, 7373, 7390, 7710, 8800, 8800 Sirocco Edition, 8801, 9300, 9300i, 9500, E50, E60, E61, E61i, E62, E65, E70, N70, N71, N72, N73, N75, N76, N80, N90, N91, N92, N93, N93i, N95, N95 8GB, N3250 Samsung: SGH-D500, SGH-D520, SGH-D600, SGH-D608, SGH-D800, SGH-D820, SGH-D828, SGH-D900, SGH-D900i, SGH-D908, SGH-E250, SGH-E370, SGH-E380, SGH-E388, SGH-E390, SGH-E490, SGH-E500, SGH-E570, SGH-E730, SGH-E760, SGH-E770, SGH-E780, SGH-E788, SGH-E810, SGH-E830, SGH-E870, SGH-E898, SGH-E900, SGH-G600, SGH-J700V, SGH-J750, SGH-P300, SGH-P310, SGH-P858, SGH-T509, SGH-T619, SGH-T709, SGH-T809, SGH-U700, SGH-X700, SGH-X708, SGH-X820, SGH-7400, SGH-Z540, SGH-Z560, SGH-Z720, SGH-ZM60, Z130 Siemens: C65, C75, CX65, M65, S65, SK65, SL65, ST60, SXG75 Sony Ericsson: D750, F500, F500i, J300, K300, K310, K320, K320i, K500, K500c, K500i, K510, K600, K608, K610, K700, K700c, K700i, K750, K790, K800, K800i, K800iv, M600, Mylo, P990i, S700, S700c, S700i, V600, C630, V800, V802, W300, W550, W600, W710, W710i, W800, W800i, W810, W810i, W830, W830i, W850, W850i, W880iv, W900, W900i, W950i, Z1010, Z300, Z300a, Z500, Z500a, Z500i, Z520, Z525, Z530, Z710, Z800 Application requires J2ME, MIDP2.0+, WAP2.0+, CLDC1.1+, max JAR size > 130 KB. Min heap size dependent on survey length and complexity.
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