Name of institution that executes the initiative:
Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá

Type of institution: Academic

Other participating institutions:
Johns Hopkins University Center for Clinical Global Health Education

Risk Management & Patient Safety

What health topics does it address?
Dengue prevention and control in Colombia

Where is the initiative being implemented?

Country or countries: Colombia

Locality or localities: Girardot, Armenia, and Arauca

Is there a target group or beneficiary population?  No

Initiative began in: 11-2012

Is it still active?  Yes


The mHealth initiative involves research using an ecosystem approach for the design and implementation of sustainable strategies for dengue prevention and control in Colombia. The objectives are to improve dengue prevention through a better understanding of the ecological, biological and social determinants, and to evaluate community-based and intersectoral interventions for reducing the dengue vector.

Study sites were chosen for: their identification as an endemic urban area for dengue, their high number of dengue and severe dengue cases, their presence of Vector Borne Diseases programs, their established alliances, and the size of the area to accommodate the number of cluster sites needed for the study. Both quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection are used, aimed to triangulate different sources of information in the analysis.

Using the mobile platform eMOCHA, field workers equipped with a specially programmed smartphone visit households to conduct surveys, estimate pupae density, gather geographic data, and collect water samples. This encrypted information is sent to a server for review and analysis. As of May 2013, 4419 households have been visited and 10,913 water containers examined and sampled.

The advantages of using this mobile technology platform are many. Electronic data collection and monitoring has reduced error risk, led to real-time supervision and timely corrections, and increased confidentiality. Field workers easily learn to use the technology and it is suitable for sanitary authorities.


The electronic Mobile Open-source Comprehensive Health Application (eMOCHA) is a free open-source application, developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education. eMOCHA is a secure, highly flexible and adaptable application, designed to leverage mobile phones to assist health programs, researchers, providers, and patients improve communication, education, patient care, and data collection. eMOCHA synergizes the power of mobile technology, Android-supported devices, video and audio files, and a server-based application to analyze and GPS-map large amounts of data, implement interactive multimedia training, and streamline data collection and analyses.


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Main Contact:

Main Contact: Juliana Quintero Espinosa, Investigadora Asociada
Organization: Centro de Estudios e Investigación en Salud -CEIS - Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota

Additional Contacts:

Name and Title: Gabriel Carrasquilla, Director
Organization: Centro de Estudios e Investigación en Salud -CEIS - Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota

Name and Title: Diana Rocio Higuera Mendieta, Junior Investigator
Organization: Centro de Estudios e Investigación en Salud -CEIS - Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota

Name and Title: Kathleen Page, Assistant Professor
Organization: Johns Hopkins University Center for Clinical Global Health Edcucation

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