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The Community Health Toolkit

The Community Health Toolkit (CHT) is a project by a group of leading organizations who have come together to support the development of digital health initiatives in the hardest-to-reach areas. It provides a collection of open source technologies and open access design, technical, and implementer resources that help you build and deploy digital tools for community health. Together, we envision a world where healthcare is of the highest attainable quality, equitable, accessible, and delivered by people who are trusted in their communities. 



Open Source Technology

The Community Health Toolkit supports scalable digital health apps that equip health workers to provide better primary care in their communities.

We’re designing for integrated community health systems that improve the coverage, quality, speed, and equity of care.

Our open source community is building the application framework that powers the CHT. We are also extending the framework’s core functionality through a growing range of custom apps and integrations. These open source apps can serve as templates for building new apps.

 
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Community Principles

The individuals and organizations that make up our community have come together to:

 
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Advance universal health coverage

Work towards integrated care and universal health coverage (UHC) as the new status quo, so that care reaches everyone when and where they need it.

 
 
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Build open source software

Open source advances accountability, encourages local ownership and adaptation, and supports standards that enable collaboration and efficient data sharing.

 
 
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Invest in open access resources

Share resources for designers, implementers, and system leaders to support open access care delivery models that lower barriers to scaleable, sustained impact.

 
 
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Practice human-centered design

Human-centered and participatory design is crucial in building, scaling, and studying new technologies and strategies. Organizations and resources are included because of their contribution to implementations and shared learning.

 

The Community Health Toolkit and its members also support the Design for Health community and endorses the Principles for Digital Development and the Principles of Donor Alignment for Digital Health.


Our Partners

Day in and day out, hundreds of people are already contributing to the CHT as designers, developers, researchers, data scientists, health policy experts, community health system implementers, and frontline health workers. We are affiliated with a range of global health NGOs, technical organizations, governments, and research institutions. The non-profit organization Medic Mobile serves as the CHT’s initial technical steward. If you’re interested in joining the community and contributing to the CHT, please get in touch.


Photo credit to Laxmi Kaul

Photo credit to Laxmi Kaul

 

Get Involved

Are You A Developer?

First time contributor? Issues labeled help wanted are a great place to start. Looking for other ways to help? You can also:

Not A Developer?

Request a download of our Community Health App Demo to take our tools for a test drive.

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