Towards the end of 2013, armed conflict broke out in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country that had been ravaged by war for years. Health facilities were among the installations that were attacked and devastated, with medical supplies looted and staff brutally murdered if they were unable to flee. The medical and public health systems, and health facility reporting – safeguards against malaria and other diseases – collapsed.
IFRC and its partners stepped into this complex situation with an eye towards restarting the flow of health data without which effective health aid could not be delivered. Using the IFRC-developed RAMP protocol for rapid mobile-phone-based data collection, and relying on Magpi, they were able to dramatically improve the flow of information. According to Dr. Mac Otten, one of the architects of the work:
“We are now producing preliminary results within 24 hours and a full draft report of a survey within three days. Magpi allows us to analyze the data quicker with the end result being that we can adapt interventions quicker to the needs of the most vulnerable.”
You can read much more about IFRC’s work in CAR in their recent publication (click the cover image to download):