A Novel Mobile-Health System for Child Healthcare in Guatemala

Project summary

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.

Lead investigator

Dr David Clifton, Balliol College and Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford

Research team

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.