CHN on the Go (Community Health Nurses on the Go) is an Android mobile application (app) designed to motivate and support community health nurses (CHNs) who work on maternal, newborn, and child health in remote communities of Ghana. CHN on the Go was developed under the Care Community Hub (CCH) pilot project, implemented in 5 rural districts in Ghana by Grameen Foundation in partnership with Ghana Health Service, Concern Worldwide, and JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. The design for CHN on the Go was based on formative research conducted by ThinkPlace Foundation, and guided by their human-centered design process.
Building on Ghana Health Service (GHS) guidelines and designed in consultation with nurses and their supervisors, CHN on the Go provides virtual support among peers, provides professional development opportunities, and improves communication between practitioners and their supervisors. The app includes 5 modules:
- Point of Care: This module provides step-by-step instructions for antenatal and postnatal care, and care for children under five, making content and protocols easily accessible to CHNs in their daily work.
- Learning Center: CHNs who work in remote communities often do not have the opportunity to attend workshops or courses. This module allows CHNs to take online courses approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana and earn credit towards renewing their nursing license each year.
- Planner: CHNs can plan and organize their work activities and set individual targets for achievement.
- Staying Well: In this module, CHNs can access tips and guidelines for how to manage their stress and workload, as well as daily readings from the Bible and the Quran.
- Achievements: CHNs can monitor their progress in coursework and individual targets they have set.
In addition to these modules, there is an app for supervisors that allows them to track CHNs’ work. WhatsApp (a mobile messaging app) groups have also been established at district and sub-district levels, creating a space for dialogue among CHNs and their supervisors, to make relevant work announcements and communicate with district officials more easily.