Tdh’s computer software promoted by the WHO
In Burkina Faso, Terre des hommes uses innovative strategies to enable improvement of the quality of diagnoses made by health workers, who are often under-trained and under-motivated. The Electronic Register of Consultations (REC) is one of the bold and promising innovations devised by Tdh. In line with the international standards for integral treatment of children’s ailments, it has been chosen by the World Health Organization to appear in the 2012 Compendium of innovative technologies for the health of people with few resources.
The Electronic Register of Consultations set up by Terre des hommes is a computer software that makes it possible to respect the generic directives for the integral treatment of children’s ailments, as developed by the WHO. This simple-to-use software enables building up a medical dossier for each child and guides the health worker step by step through diagnosis and treatment.
Chosen by the WHO’s Compendium of innovative health technologies, the software is already deemed to be one of the new technologies adapted and appropriate to medical environments with weak resources, and enabling improvement of the general state of health (further information on the WHO website).
The electronic register of consultations is at present in use in 75 health centres. Tdh teams are currently working on a third version for over 200 health centres, and it will also be available on tablets and synchronized by GPRS. This latest version will include numerous improvements for writing prescriptions for treatment and real-time epidemiological monitoring. In the framework of this operation, Tdh is working in collaboration with the EPFL (Lausanne Federal Polytechnic School) and the ISEP.