The Government of Rwanda has established a Community Health Information System (CHIS) to support the national community health worker program that allows Community health workers to report basic data about their program, such as the number of women who delivered at home or in a health facility in a given month. This is used to manage the program and supervise CHWs and to provide small incentive payments based on their performance.
mUbuzima, is an application that builds on Rwanda’s mobile phone infrastructure to show how this infrastructure can support Community Health Workers. It allows Community health workers to enter and transmit CHIS indicators in real time - - even in remote parts of the country using only a mobile phone. Officials at the Ministry of Health, districts and health centers can log on to the mUbuzima website to access up-to-date data on many aspects of the CHW national program. The Ministry of Health can also send educational messages to Community health workers. In the future, it is envisioned that the system will provide decision support directly to Community Health Workers to enhance the delivery of maternal and child health services. The system is built with relevant Rwandan and international standards and is intended to be fully harmonized with CHIS and other Ministry of Health systems.
mUbuzima has been developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. It is supported by the Phones for Health, a public-private partnership.