SA Partners continues to provide technical support to the Mobile Health Information System Project developed by FHI360 SATELLIFE Center (formerly AED-SATELLIFE Center).
From July of 2008 to February of 2010, the Project equipped 50 nurses at the Port Elizabeth Hospital Complex (PEHC) in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape with PDAs (personal digital assistants) load with diagnostic information related to HIV, AIDS, and TB. In June 2012, the program expanded to an additional 125 doctors and nurses across the Eastern Cape.
By providing access to relevant clinical and public health information, the project increased the ability of PEHC nurses to deliver high quality health care to patients from surrounding communities; many of which struggle economically. A small hand held mobile device, the PDA is loaded with a comprehensive library of medical information including relevant, reliable and accurate medical guidelines for them to reference while providing care. The nurses reported improving the quality of care they provided; fundamental health care information required for good practice.
The partnership also includes the Eastern Cape Department of Health, FHI360, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, MTN-South Africa, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.