Progress to Date
Teams of Villanova students and faculty have established a working system that covers nearly all of Waslala’s communities.
Among their specific accomplishments:
- Secured a donation of cell phones and air time from Claro, Nicaragua’s main telecommunications provider
- Placed in-country office staff, including a project manager, office manager and two nurses who visit the communities to reinforce CHL training
- Equipped a nurse, who works for Nicaragua’s Ministry of Health in Managua and volunteers on this project, with a computer and modem to access health records
- Installed a server and backup power system
The government is now helping to run the Waslala program.
Nova Mobile Health has expanded to include Ville el Carmen, near Managua. There, Villanova is collaborating with the national university—UNAN Managua—to involve its students in volunteering in these communities.
New regions where pilot studies are underway include La Cruz de Grande, where there is a focus on prenatal health, and La Guna del Perlas, a region of 16,300 people that hopes to replicate Waslala’s program exactly.
In several cases, the Nova Mobile Health system has helped facilitate the safe transport of pregnant women to the hospital when they hemorrhaged during labor. The recovery of these women and their newborns was the result of CHLs texting the Ministry of Health nurse to secure an ambulance.
As the Nova Mobile Health system continues to expand, long term sustainability is a top priority. Villanova teams are working with local partners and community residents to ensure the program continues after the University transfers project ownership. Funding also remains a concern.