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This page will describe the best practices for implementation learned during previous projects.

  • The audio-visual content and new technology is a novelty not only for women but also her family members. ASHAs can ask if family members, in-laws and or husbands are available to also join the counseling session along with the pregnant woman before starting the checklist.
  • Gaining support from elderly women in the village, who are often the decision makers for antenatal practices adopted by their daughters or daughter-in-laws, can be strategic for behavior change and adoption of better antenatal care practices. Demonstrating the app to other members of the community can help create demand for the mobile application and push the ASHA to show the antenatal checklist to all the pregnant women in her village more frequently.
  • Implementers and practitioners should be clear and upfront about recharge schemes associated with new SIMs that are procured, recharge commitments, data submission charges and balance recharge schedules. If something is unclear, they should be proactive about clarifying right away. Confusion in this area can be frustrating for ASHAs, especially if commitments are not withheld.
  • The data will need to be cleaned slightly after it is exported from CommCareHQ (i.e. remove admin, demo case data, check for duplicate submissions). It is recommended to keep track of this data on a consistent basis to reduce the amount of time it may take to clean-up and organize data in bulk. 
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