FrontlineSMS: Using mobile phones for community engagement, research and project management

FrontlineSMS: Using mobile phones for community engagement, research and project management

Tue, 20/08/2013 - 10:00 to 11:30

About the Presenter

Rohan Fisher has worked with satellite data and GIS for the last 22 years, initially for CSIRO in Canberra, and subsequently for the Northern Territory government in Alice Springs and Darwin.

For the last 10 years he has worked as a Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University focusing on GIS and Remote Sensing tools for natural resource management and good governance in the Eastern Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).

His current research and training work is focused on open-source applications for mobile mapping and health data visualisation in remote, developing country contexts.



Charles Darwin University
Ellengowan Drive
Building Blue 1.1.54
Casuarina NT 0810

This workshop will explore the use of SMS in remote rural, developing contexts for improving professional and community engagement for improved health service delivery, research and project management.

We will outline its use in:
  • Communicating with project team members and project management issues
  • Community engagement
  • Data collection, surveys, polls
  • Health system functioning eg. Stockouts
  • Promoting health messages
  • Disaster Response
  • Reminding patients about treatments, appointments
An interactive demonstration of the functionality of Frontline SMS will also be conducted. So during this seminar bring your mobile phones and leave them on!
The use of personal mobile phones has increased rapidly, even in remote parts of the world, revolutionising the way people communicate. In Eastern Indonesia mobile phones are already used for health data reporting in an ad hoc way at some clinics and district offices. Our work is improving the effectiveness of health data reporting by adapting and implementing a computer-based system for requesting, receiving and managing data reported by SMS.
Frontline SMS has been used for a wide range of health applications in the region, including malaria and rabies management, medication stocking and immunisations. The software is used in more than 135 countries around the world for diverse uses, including disaster response, crime reporting, education and election monitoring. 
For more information please email Rohan:


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