The Community Health Toolkit supports full-featured, scalable digital health apps that equip health workers to provide better primary health care in their communities. Thanks to a diverse global community of hundreds of contributors, the toolkit has benefited from a great deal of rigorous research and an award-winning human-centered design process. Over time it has become increasingly flexible, supporting an exceptional range of features and health service areas, with a focus on integrated community health systems that improve the quality, accessibility, speed, and equity of primary health care.

Community Health App Demo

Trying out this demo is a great way to get a quick feel for community health apps. Please note that the CHT can be customized in thousands of different variations—the demo presents examples of what’s possible. No technical expertise is necessary, as the demo is preloaded with everything you’ll need to start exploring.

Feature Overview

Community health apps built using the CHT rely on a number of underlying technical components. The Community Health Application Framework makes it easier to build robust and feature-rich digital health applications. These apps are open source and can be used as templates for building new apps. Thus far, these apps have been used to support 28 of the 32 interventions for care providers that are outlined in the World Health Organization’s classification of digital health interventions.


Apps built using the CHT can support many languages, run offline when needed, and work with basic phones (via SMS), smartphones, tablets, and computers. App developers are able to define health system roles, permissions and reporting hierarchies, and make use of five highly configurable areas of functionality: messaging, task and schedule management, decision support workflows, longitudinal person profiles, and analytics.

Additional functionality is available through integrations and through complementary apps. For example, CHT community members who participate in the Community Health Academy can use the OppiaMobile app to support learning content and quizzes.

These core features can work together in very different ways from health system to health system, for different health programs within one integrated health system, and also for different user groups. Key user groups include community health workers as well as frontline supervisors, facility-based nurses, health system managers, and even patients and caregivers.


Overview of the Community Health App Framework

This overview presentation provides a page-by-page tour and feature walkthrough, an explanation of how user roles and hierarchies work, an overview of what core features an app developer can configure, and some example workflows that use these features in an integrated manner. In the coming months, the CHT community will be releasing more design resources and technical documentation for reference applications in maternal and child health, family planning, malnutrition, TB and HIV, NCDs, and other programs.