In December 2014, Cell-Life Board approached HISP with an offer to merge the two organisations. As HISP and Cell-Life had worked closely together in the past, especially on the use of mobiles for reporting into the DHIS database, this merger made sense. It also provided an opportunity for the HISP and Cell-Life teams to work more closely together, and was expedient for two reasons. First, it allowed the expertise and intellectual capital that had been developed within Cell-Life to find a new home within HISP, thus ensuring that projects that had been initiated could continue under the HISP Mobile Solutions team. Secondly, it allowed HISP-SA to enhance its capacity to integrate mobile solutions with the various projects it was working on, especially the Ward-based Outreach Teams initiative, and upcoming projects such as the HPV campaign amongst school girls. During the 2015 calendar year, various projects operated by Cell-Life were gradually transitioned to HISP-SA, and in February 2016, the Cell-Life Board agreed to wind down and close the operations of Cell-Life completely. In the links below, we describe some of the projects that were implemented by the Cell-Life team, and the new initiatives that we are working on a as an integrated team.
Cell-Life assisted a range of organisations with the development of mHealth (mobile Health) systems to enhance their projects.
Communicate Health Messages via Basic Phones
Cell-Life created and re-structured content for mobile phones, and conducted research trials to not only improve content and the manner in which it was delivered via mobile phones, but assess the effectiveness of the content.
Collecting Survey Data via Mobile Phones
Using a cellphone to complete questions allows information to be analysed in real time, as well as ensuring built in skip logic and the capturing of other media not possible on a paper form. Cell-Life structured customised systems for specific data collection needs.
iDART for ART Dispensing
iDART is an open source software solution designed to support the dispensing of ARV drugs in the public health care sector. It supports pharmacists in their important role of dispensing speedily and accurately to an increasing number of patients whilst still being able to engage with and assist patients. Pharmacists use the intelligent Dispensing of Antiretroviral Treatment (iDART) software to manage supplies of antiretroviral drug stocks, print reports and manage collection of drugs by patients. The software system is also designed to address the reporting requirements of Governments, researchers and International Funders.