Thamini Uhai recognizes the potential of ICT in addressing some of the challenges in providing accessible, cost-effective and high-quality health care. Since 2012, the program has developed and implemented a number of ICT innovations to help improve the quality of care in Thamini Uhai supported facilities, including weekly teleconferences, emergency call support, and e-learning.
Weekly teleconferences are used as virtual classrooms for discussing challenging obstetric cases encountered during the previous week. Health-care providers in Thamini Uhai supported facilities, Thamini Uhai consultant obstetrician/ gynecologists, and senior anesthesiologists are routinely connected through toll-free mobile phones via a closed user group. These teleconferences are documented and disseminated to the relevant stakeholders for action- oriented feedback.
In an emergency situation when further guidance or advice is needed, health-care providers working in Thamini Uhai supported facilities can call senior obstetricians using toll-free mobile phones. This service is available 24 hours a day, every day. Occasionally, senior practitioners may travel to assist the facility in need.
Thamini Uhai is also assisting with the implementation of Tanzania’s National e-Health Strategy (2013–2018), advocating e-health solutions and enabling health-care providers to access continuing professional development through e-learning and digital resources.
The e-learning platform developed for health-care providers improves clinical decision-making skills needed to manage life-threatening obstetric emergencies. This virtual classroom enables health-care providers to access clinical instructions in lecture format through educational videos and interactive online training.