Notice C

Promoting the collaborative development of proposals for investments in digital health global goods

Digital Square supports investments in digital health global goods, which are tools that are adaptable to different countries and contexts. Mature digital health global good software is software that is (usually) Free and Open Source (FOSS), is supported by a strong community, has a clear governance structure, is funded by multiple sources, has been deployed at significant scale, is used across multiple countries, has demonstrated effectiveness, is designed to be interoperable, and is an emergent standard application.

We are using an open proposal process. Your concept notes and proposals will be publicly posted, giving you and other submitters the opportunity to find collaborators and provide and receive feedback from your peers.

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Upgrade the core technology of Connect for LifeTM to enable large-scale implementations in multiple disease areas and many geographies under an open source model

Notice C Opportunity: 
Announcement C0: Global Good Software Development and Support
Application Status: 
Approved - partially funded

Executive Summary

Medication or preventive measures are available for many diseases; however, we still see significant challenges with their correct use, especially in poor countries. We have learned that lack of disease knowledge and both social and geographical isolation, are drivers for non- compliance and low adherence, leading to poor health outcomes. In HIV, it can make the difference between living a normal life or dying.

Through its Global Public Health organisation (GPH), Johnson & Johnson (J&J) aims to deliver integrated evidence-based solutions to address complex global health problems in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, mental health, soil transmitted helminths and vaccines. Within J&J GPH, the Disease Management Programs team researches & develops innovative solutions to strengthen the healthcare system in resource limited settings. One of our digital health solutions is Connect for LifeTM, which was built on top of the Open Source platform MOTECH of the Grameen foundation, and made available to implementers for patient support programs across the world, especially in Africa and Asia.

The mHealth platform Connect for LifeTM is supporting the patients, health care provfessionals (HCPs) and program managers in developing countries. It interacts with patients using basic mobile phones and with HCPs through a web-based interface on tablet or PC. Connect for LifeTM is being used since 2014 and is currently supporting six implementations in HIV/AIDS in Uganda, India and the Philippines. The obvious next step is to maximize the impact of Connect for LifeTM through large-scale implementations. The aim of this project is to progress the core technology of the Connect for LifeTM digital tool in view of maximizing its adoptability and global utility as an open source global good. This project will set the foundation for a sustainable Connect for LifeTM service delivery to maximize outreach, optimize local support, reduce the cost of implementation and facilitate large-scale programs.


Notice C Opportunity: 
Announcement C0: Global Good Software Development and Support
Application Status: 
In Scope


We would prefer to prioritize the remaining work packages from our Notice B proposal.

Zero to mHero: A Packaged Workflow for Technologists

Notice C Opportunity: 
Announcement C0: Global Good Software Development and Support
Application Status: 
Pending Review & Investment

I. Executive Summary

mHero is a two-way, mobile phone-based communication system that connects ministries of health and health workers, developed by IntraHealth International and UNICEF in 2014 and now deployed in seven countries. mHero links the RapidPro communications engine with an InterLinked Registry and iHRIS, an established global good human resource solution for health systems.