Last month, MiracleFeet partners from Cambodia and Myanmar met for CAST training. CAST, a mobile data collection app designed specifically for clubfoot treatment, is an important part of the technology tools MiracleFeet offers to partner NGOs, Ministries of Health, and hospitals.
Staff from six different clinics in both countries attended. They learned how to operate the CommCare mobile app to enter patient data, take photos to capture treatment progress, note any follow-ups or missed appointments, and sync the data entered during a clinic day.
The training followed a Train the Trainer (TTT) model, which allows those who will be managing the app worldwide to develop their technical expertise more thoroughly. TTT helps participants learn to use and administer a tech tool (in this case, CAST) by learning how to teach it to others. MiracleFeet’s Program Operations Manager Caroline Perkinson spent two days training partners from Walk for Life in Myanmar and Next Steps Cambodia. For the next two days, the partners conducted training for the clinic staff.
All who participated will take what they learned back to their home clinics where, within the next month, full implementation of the data collection app is expected.
Partners Dr. Vuthy of Walk for Life and Colleen Orange of Next Steps Cambodia are each excited about the potential for data analysis and oversight of programs on a countrywide level. Before CAST, it was much more difficult to collect and analyze the information needed to make decisions. Now, partners will be able to more easily target areas where additional training might be needed, quickly measure progress towards goals, and provide the best possible clubfoot treatment to children.
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