Observatory for Sexual and Reproductive Health App

Explores and analyzes data regarding national issues of Guatemala

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Catherine Pak
Senior Technical Advisor
Palladium
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Implementation Partners

Palladium in support of USAID
Data provided by MINFIN, MSPAS, OSAR, and ENSMI

Funder

USAID

Implementation Dates

Version 0.0.12 release date August 21, 2018; last updated May 25, 2019

Geographic Scope

Guatemala

Target Users

Client, Health Care Provider, Data Services Provider

Enabling Environment Building Blocks

Strategy and Investment, Services and Applications

Family Planning Program Classification

Policy and Enabling Environment

Introduction

Health Policy Plus (HP+), named the Health and Education Policy Plus (HEP+) project in Guatemala, supports the government’s targeted health sector reform efforts while focusing on civil society, governance, and central-level planning and policies in the education, nutrition, and health sectors.

HEP+ develops tools that help people use data in policy decisionmaking and advocacy. In the past, only a small group of specialists could access data on government performance in the health and education sectors, and the systems and applications that housed this data were confusing and inefficient. HEP+ works with Country partners to address these challenges by:

  • Enhancing information systems to improve the management and provision of health and education services.
  • Developing capabilities for data analysis, including financial data.
  • Strengthening access to, and use and adoption of, the national information system to improve decisionmaking.
  • Increasing data use through innovations, such as mobile applications with on- and off-line capabilities and the application of guided analytics and user-centered design principles.
  • Supporting civil society groups to increase their influence through strategic alliances with mass media outlets, universities, congressional committees, private sector partners, and others.
  • Developing tools that offer stakeholders ready access to health and education data disaggregated by sex, ethnic group, residence, and other variables (Health Policy Plus, 2018).

Project/Digital Health Solution Overview

OSAR is a mobile app designed for the youth branch of the Observatory for Sexual and Reproductive Health (OSAR) in Guatemala. The main objective of this app is to present data related to pregnancy, family planning, and maternal mortality. Its purpose is to be a tool that young people can use in their communities to promote change related to reproductive health by using data. 

The app explores and analyzes data from the Ministry of Public Finance (MINFIN), the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare (MSPAS), OSAR, and ENSMI (National Survey on the Health of Mothers and Children) Survey Data. It includes a functionality for civil society to ask questions and report cases related to pregnancy in young people.

The representatives to the National Contraceptive Security Commission (CNAA) of the MSPAS, the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security (IGSS), Asociación Pro Bienestar de la Familia de Guatemala (APROFAM), and Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO) are responsible for the data entry of their institutions on the dates scheduled and agreed in the commission. An internal commission of the CNAA verifies the information, and if it observes any inconsistency, notifies the responsible institution. Once the problem is resolved, the information is backed up to make it official. The calculation of the indicators is done automatically and a data update is scheduled for every 15 days; this is updated only when all reporting institutions have entered the information to date.

Evaluation and Results Data

The application was launched in April 2019 and has been promoted and used by the OSAR Youth, OSAR’s youth branch, to display information with different audiences, mainly related to teenage pregnancy.

OSAR Youth participates in different multisectoral commissions, such as the CNAA and the Prevent with Education Board, to promote comprehensive sexuality education in public establishments, among others, and OSAR Youth promotes the use of the app in these spaces.

The information products are being used by users to inform health policy design and to track the performance of social assistance delivery to advocate for resources. The following statistics on usage are available, as of May 9, 2020:

Lessons Learned

  • To guarantee the sustainability of the implementation, administration, and management of the app, it is important to train partners who will be responsible for updating of the tools.
  • To promote adoption and sustainability, it is important that the app stays relevant and has updated data. This entails working with the counterpart to create the necessary conditions to create constant data flow and feedback from users.
  • Technical support from the project is important to ensure sustainability.

Conclusion

Due to the short run-time of the app, success stories have yet to be documented.

References

Health Policy Plus. Health and Education Policy Plus: Guatemala. May 2018. Available from: www.healthpolicyplus.com/ns/pubs/8210-8370_GuatemalaCountryBrief.pdf.