WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today additional nominees for the Fighting Ebola: a Grand Challenge for Development award, nominating Dimagi for the Information Communication Technology Solutions category.
Through this award, Dimagi plans to support additional organizations to deploy the contact tracing and/or the diagnostic/lab tracking mobile apps on the company’s open source mobile platform, CommCare. In collaboration with additional organizations, including existing implementing partners involved in Ebola work in West Africa, Dimagi will work to develop and publish new mobile applications for adherence, information dissemination, stock tracking, and patient-self reporting. In addition, Dimagi will develop shared dashboards and analytics that organizations can leverage when using Dimagi’s mobile apps for Ebola response.
CEO Jonathan Jackson said: “We are extremely proud to receive this nomination from USAID and to be able to continue providing support to the Ebola Response. We plan to build on the strength of our existing implementation partnerships with Earth Institute and UNFPA in addition to our technology partnership with Tableau Foundation.”
Dimagi had previously committed to providing free CommCare licenses to organizations that wanted to use the tool in the Ebola response, and this award enables the company to extend support and engagement in the response by providing additional services and template for free.
CommCare supports a range of Ebola management needs, including screening, triage, diagnostics, lab tracking, contact tracing, and map-based visuals – all to help ease the communication burden and disconnect currently experienced on the ground in Ebola-affected countries. The ability to share data quickly and effectively using mobile applications will allow this intervention to not only have relevancy for the current outbreak, but also provide an opportunity for improved humanitarian response coordination for future crises.