Mission 1.5 Game

Mission 1.5 uses mobile gaming technology to educate people about climate solutions and get their participation in voting on which solutions they want to see happen.

Votes per country are collated and presented to country governments to encourage bolder climate action.

Source: United Nations Development Programme

Date of Publication: August 16, 2022

mHero App

This app was developed during the Ebola crisis to help frontline health workers to keep u to date with the latest data and guidance, as well as keep a check on their own health.

Lessons learned from the Ebola response pointed to how fast, informative communication to frontline health workers and their immediate, precise case reporting helped tackle the health emergency. mHero was useful in engaging communities, managing rumors, and mitigating public health threats.

Given mHero’s origin, it is uniquely suited to fulfill communication needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mHero platform can be used for myriad government health communications needs, segmenting health workers into specific groups to:

  • Coordinate health promotion strategies and public health emergency responses
  • Train health workers on infection prevention and control and risk communication
  • Test health worker knowledge of COVID-19 responses through mini-quizzes
  • Report suspected COVID-19 cases and other high-priority diseases
  • Relay unanticipated stock-outs of essential commodities such as sterile gloves, masks, and respirators
  • Reveal local health and safety concerns, including mental health and physical risks

Source: IntraHealth

Date of Publication: August 30, 2020

COVID Connect App

COVID Connect is an app initiated by the South African National Department of Health to drive people to COVID-19 testing and accessing testing information and services from their phones.

The app provides basic information about COVID-19 including how it is spread, what safety precautions to take, symptoms, and testing.

Below is the text for the app in several different languages.

Source: Breakthrough ACTION/Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: August 18, 2020

COVID Control App

This is a smartphone app that analyzes users’ body temperatures in a study to predict geographical areas at risk for outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, giving public health experts and government officials critical information to inform decisions on mitigation, resource allocation, and deconfinement.

The study relies on users recording their body temperatures, as well as other symptoms, daily. The free app is available under the name “COVID Control” on Google Play and in the Apple App Store. One aim of the group was to make the app as easy to use as possible. After participants take their temperature with a thermometer, developers believe it will take fewer than 10 seconds to submit their data to the app.

Source: Johns Hopkins University

Date of Publication: July 21, 2020

Birth and Beyond App

Birth & Beyond is a smartphone app designed to provide mothers and caregivers with easy access to videos about a baby’s first two years. The app helps support those with limited access to health care, an increasing problem worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Birth & Beyond includes all 28 videos that this company has developed. Major topics covered are birth, breastfeeding, newborn care, small baby care, and complementary feeding.

The videos are available in 21 languages and can be streamed, downloaded to an offline library, or shared with friends and family. In an effort to expand our global reach, the app will continue to be updated with new videos and more languages.

The app works with iPhones and is available for free from Apple’s App Store. An Android version of the app is coming soon.

Source: Global Health Media

Date of Publication: July 6, 2020