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The Role of Supportive Supervision Using Mobile Technology in Monitoring and Guiding Program Performance: A Case Study in Nigeria, 2015-2016

The Role of Supportive Supervision Using Mobile Technology in Monitoring and Guiding Program Performance: A Case Study in Nigeria, 2015-2016

Author: 
Sisay G. Tegegne
Faisal Shuaib
Fiona Braka
Pascal Mkanda
Tesfaye B. Erbeto
Aron Aregay
Oyaole D. Rasheed
Akpan G. Ubong
Njie Alpha
Ahmed Khedr
Mirghani A. Isameldin
Yared G. Yehualashet
Charity Warigon
Usman Adamu
Eunice Damisa
Bassey Okposen
Peter Nsubuga
Rui G. Vaz
Wondimagegnehu Alemu
Publication Date
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Affiliation: 

World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office, Abuja (Tegegne, Braka, Erbeto, Aregay, Rasheed, Alpha, Khedr, Isameldin, Yehushualet, Warigon, Alemu); National Primary Health Care Development Agency, or NPHCDA (Shuaib, Adamu, Damisa, Okposen); WHO Regional Office for Africa (Mkanda, Ubong); Global Public Health Care Solutions (Nsubuga); WHO Headquarters (Vaz)

"Supervision using mobile technology has contributed to producing real-time data."

The importance of supportive supervision in public health has been linked with improvements in programme performance. The added advantage of using mobile phones for collecting data during health facility supervision is the availability of the global positioning system (GPS) within current generation mobile phones or smartphones. Using GPS information, it is possible to obtain approximate distances between healthcare facilities, which could inform proper health service provision. However, there is little evidence on technology-assisted mobile data collection for real-time data transfer during supportive supervision. Thus, the authors set out to determine the contribution of supportive supervision using mobile technology in providing timely programme information in the polio programme in Nigeria.

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BMC Public Health 2018 18 (Suppl 4): 1317. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6189-8. Image credit: Constant Dedo

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