Friday, May 25, 2012

Global Health awards first research grant

CommCare photo courtesy of Dimagi, Inc.

Community health workers are essential for providing much needed care in resource-limited communities worldwide; however, inadequate training, support and supervision often hampers their ability to save lives. The MGH Center for Global Health recently awarded its first translational research grant – in the amount of $100,000 – to the team behind CommCare, a phone-based software with multimedia features for patient data collection, individual patient management, treatment decision support and patient education. This innovative technology will help empower community health workers to improve maternal, newborn and child health.

“The MGH Center for Global Health seeks to combat some of the world’s most critical health crises through strategic partnerships, education, support and innovation,” says David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, center director. “Translational research grants offer us the opportunity and flexibility to support individuals and groups who have the potential to impact health delivery for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.”

CommCare is led by Scott Lee, MPA, MPhil, an MD-PhD candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School, and Neal Lesh, PhD, MPH, the chief strategy officer at Dimagi, Inc., a software consulting group located in Boston. The project will be evaluated in India with Catholic Relief Services and in Kenya with the Ugunja Community Resource Center. For more information about the grant, visit

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