19. The CHARMS Application Suite: A Community-Based Mobile Data Collection and Alerting Environment for HIV/AIDS Orphan and Vulnerable Children in Zambia

  1. Brian A. Nejmeh
  1. Brian A. Nejmeh and
  2. Tyler Dean

Published Online: 7 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch19

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

How to Cite

Nejmeh, B. A. and Dean, T. (2012) The CHARMS Application Suite: A Community-Based Mobile Data Collection and Alerting Environment for HIV/AIDS Orphan and Vulnerable Children in Zambia, in Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education (ed B. A. Nejmeh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch19

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118100349

Online ISBN: 9781118319130

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Keywords:

  • CHARMS;
  • mobile application;
  • orphans and vulnerable children (OVC);
  • World Vision (WV);
  • Zambia

Summary

World Vision (WV) uses the Core HIV and AIDS Response Monitoring System (CHARMS) to track and measure core indicators related to individuals with HIV and AIDS within the communities WV serves. WV uses community care coalitions of volunteer caregivers to care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The mobile application allows for caregivers to record CHARMS data using the mobile application and transmit the data in real time using an SMS-based wireless communication service. The application also includes real-time Web- and e-mail-based reporting and mobile phone alerting based on key events. During the summer of 2009, a field pilot project was conducted in Zambia involving 10 caregivers. The caregivers said the cell phone application either had a very positive (80%) or positive (20%) impact on the quality of their home visit.

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