Health systems collaborative projects
The Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies (LIFE) is a 3D simulation training app for smartphones that teaches healthcare workers how to manage medical emergencies. LIFE is a scenario-based mobile and virtual reality (VR) gaming platform that teaches healthcare workers to identify and manage medical emergencies using game-like training techniques to reinforce the key steps that need to be performed in order to save lives.
Health Services that Deliver for Newborns (HSDN) is a multidisciplinary project engaging policy-makers and practitioners in Kenya. Newborn deaths account for 40% of all deaths among children under 5 in Kenya. This high neonatal mortality is a major reason why Kenya is not succeeding in its battle to reduce child deaths. Sick or vulnerable newborns often require inpatient care in referral facilities from skilled workers with access to basic technologies. Shortage of skilled health workers often means these services are inadequately delivered, potentially delaying or preventing recovery.
A Systems Strategy to Optimise Inpatient Neonatal Care (PI Mike English). Progress has been made in reducing child mortality in Kenya but this has been limited by still high levels of neonatal mortality. Reducing neonatal mortality will in part require major improvements in the quality of care provided to sick newborns in hospitals. SONIC is a 3 phase, multi-year that is studying a clinical network model as an intervention strategy to improve service delivery in 12 Kenyan hospitals.
The Clinical Information Network (coordinators: Mike English, Sam Akech, Ambrose Agweyu and Jalemba Aluvaala) is a partnership between Oxford, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, the Kenyan Ministry of Health, County Hospitals and the Kenya Paediatric Association. It works to promote the generation and use of high quality routine information on hospital admissions to paediatric and neonatal wards in the form of a low-cost ‘learning health system’.