Twenty per cent of deaths that occur in children under five in Guatemala are due to diarrhoea. Appropriate oral rehydration therapy (ORT) and zinc supplementation (ZS) efforts can prevent these deaths. With this in mind, this project worked with local promoters to create and disseminate a culturally-appropriate, accessible curriculum for homemade ORT and ZS for the indigenous Maya population of Guatemala. A comprehensive ‘mobile health’ system was deployed, enabling close program evaluation, monitoring of treatment, and clinical decision support through mobile devices and machine learning algorithms. The project demonstrated a novel intersection between social behavioural studies, clinical healthcare, mobile telecommunications, information engineering, and personalised delivery of care in order to address a significant medical challenge.
Dr David Clifton, Balliol College and Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford
Sana Fathima, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Niclas Palmius, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Peter Rohloff, Wuqu’Kawoq Maya Health Alliance, San Juan Sacatepequez, Guatemala
Rachel Hall-Clifford, Department of Anthropology, University of Oxford
Gari D. Clifford, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Contact details for enquiries
Please email the lead investigator, Dr David Clifton, for any queries regarding this project.