Archive for December 2008
“The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) Mapping Tool, provides unprecedented access to information about the medical product donations being made…to the world’s most vulnerable populations. [Anyone] can easily determine where PQMD member donations are sent, find information on how the donations are being used by the communities who receive them and access a library of medical donation resources…” Source: Google Map Technology Enhances First Global Medical Donations Map
I was alerted to the newly launched donation mapping tool by Jessica over at GHP (Global Health Progress). Thanks to her I got to sit in on a presentation of the tool which I found fascinating (but not sure anyone else did based on the lack of questions in the audience). The tool is a mashup of Google maps and donation metrics globally (location, type of donation, organizations involved, what type of supplies, volume, staffing on the ground to name some). The goal is to help collaboration, answer questions and facilitate the process of identifying who is working where and what are they doing? Second they wanted to bring to life the impact of donations (places, faces and outcomes). Other things I took away from the presentation:
- Massive unmet need for medical supplies. Poor infrastructure & distribution are key challenges
- Donations are meeting up to 40% of health needs in some areas
- PQMD has 27 members total (non cash EX US dollar volume was $4 Billion dollars, including non PQMD members)
- Private sector + NGO + Academia combo mix: The tool was incubated at Loma Linda School of Public health and is a joint effort with PQMD and industry.
They have put a lot of work into this and I think they have lots of neat information. The data comes from primary and secondary data sources. For example they use actual donor member shipping records and augment that with onsite data collection, interviews and site visits on ground with facility staff (location, staffing, needs). The public view is different from the private view so as not to compromise security of the facilities. There is a lot more I could write about this, but I’ll stop here and let you play around with the tool yourself:
A few other things to note – the PQMD site has various interesting resources. Here are some more notes, and things to check out:
- PQMD case studies
- PQMD fellowships
- PQMD educational resources on proper documentation, storage, distribution, see their basic primer on health care logistics
Have comments about the tool, leave them here:
USAID has sponsored the Development 2.0 Challenge at NetSquared with voting open through Friday. The competition has a great line-up of projects submitted by individuals and NGOs with a wide range of information technology applications in health and other areas.
Several Berkeley doctoral students wrote a tech proposal for contracted clinics in western Uganda. As mentioned in previous THDblog posts (Jan ’08, June ’07, Mar ’07) there is an output-based aid (OBA) health project in western Uganda that has treated more than 25,000 STI patients since 2006. Under contract, clinics see voucher-bearing patients and are reimbursed after patients are treated and the claims processed. In an extension of a mobile phone application first described in 2007, Melissa Ho has implemented a pilot mobile platform and web database for claims processing at selected contracted clinics and entered the concept – called “ClaimsMobile” – in the Development 2.0 competition. Be sure to check out the range of great projects before Friday 5pm California time and vote for your top 3.