Informatics and Environmental Science
SCIE 200 - Science for Global Health in Malawi, Africa
INFM 390 - Special Topics in Health Informatics: Sharing Electronic Recodes in Malawi
- Dr. Feng Liu – Associate professor of Informatics - Mathematics, Science, and Informatics, Penfield College of Mercer University
- Dr. Zipangani Vokhiwa – Associate professor of Science, Mathematics, Science, and Informatics, Penfield College of Mercer University
This project will build on previous successful Mercer on Mission projects to Chuluchosema Health Clinic in Zomba, Malawi during the summers of 2010, 2011, and 2013 lead by Dr. Vokhiwa. During this trip, faculty and student teams will work closely with clinic and hospital staff to assist them to transition to a computerized record system and collect water quality data for future work and studies.
Chuluchosema Health Clinic serves a rural population which has limited access to more extensive clinical facilities 10 miles away at Zomba Central Hospital, to which the Clinic refers its patients. Patients with health issues requiring greater care are sent to the Central Hospital taking with them their paper card medical records. In absence of stand-by medical ambulances and ready transport, patients go to the Central Hospital either by foot or carried on a bike by their family members. Students in this project will design and pilot a digital solution for health records for Chuluchosema Health Clinic in order to share patient information with Zomba Central Hospital. This will offer the Clinic an opportunity to connect more efficiently with the Hospital to transfer and store medical information.
Students will measure the quality of water in domestic sources and the Clinic, served by the solar-powered water pump installed by Mercer on Mission in summer 2011. Students will identify water sources that may be sources of pathogens and work with Clinic personnel to correlate those water sources with cases of water borne disease. Storing these water and health data in electronic records gives the Clinic long-term capabilities to improve public health.
Who can participate?
- Undergraduate Informatics students
- Graduate health Informatics students
- Any students who is interested in global studies and interested in data collection, processing data, and met prerequisite requirements.
Tentative Travel dates: Mid-June to early July 2019
For more information, e-mail MercerOnMission@mercer.edu or call (478) 301-2992.