AKDN Delivery Tool
In an effort to standardise data collection of deliveries across Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) health facilities, a standard electronic data collection tool, the AKDN Delivery Tool, was developed and implemented by the Aga Khan Development Network Digital Health Resource Centre (AKDN dHRC) after consultation with various stakeholders.
The tool, a web portal and mobile application, is being used by physicians and nurses and has successfully been implemented in phases across AKDN health facilities in Bamyan, Faizabad and Kabul in Afghanistan; Gilgit and Booni in Pakistan; Mombasa in Kenya; and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Plans are to implement the application in Karachi and Hyderabad in Pakistan; Nairobi in Kenya; and Mwanza in Tanzania by the end 2019.
The AKDN Delivery Tool was developed by customising and digitising the CEmONC tool, developed by the World Health Organization and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists. Currently, it is being used by health care professionals. Essentially, the tool is a web-based portal with a mobile application that provides a single platform to record and report data of deliveries that take place across AKDN health facilities. It operates in both online and offline modes, allowing synchronisation of data with the server as and when internet connectivity is available.
With an estimated 42,000 network-wide deliveries each year, this delivery tool brings uniformity in the data collection process and aims to bring access to aggregated data on deliveries, which can be used for implementation research and collaboration with policy makers, in efforts to improve maternal and newborn outcomes in underserved regions.