New Readers/Wikipedia Offline Medical Pilot

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Through this pilot, healthcare providers at 20 medical clinics in Nigeria will have a Wiki Medicine hotspot and training that will allow them to use Wikipedia and other knowledge in their medical practice. The objective is to understand the health, technological, and informational needs in Nigeria and determine if the offline Wiki Medicine hotspot would be a useful tool.

The offline medical Wikipedia pilot study will determine the efficacy of medical knowledge in a box. It has the potential to have short-term successes that can provide a pathway to future rollouts of the offline Wiki Medicine hotspot across Africa, Asia, and South America. It will also serve as an additional tool to support efforts to improve healthcare provider performance, as well as a model to make other Wikipedia content accessible to people who are offline.

Why this pilot?[edit]

This project supports both of the strategic pillars of the Wikimedia movement. In the pursuit of knowledge equity, we will focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege - including those without reliable internet. We will support knowledge as a service by delivering open knowledge through new interfaces in a practical, impactful environment - medical clinics.

Additionally, this pilot supports foundational strength by developing the capacity to work with external partners to deliver impact outside of our immediate scope of work. We will partner with The Africa Center for implementation as well as Internet in a Box and the Wikiproject Medicine group to support this project, expanding our reach well beyond what the Foundation is poised to do on its own.

The pilot will be implemented across Nigeria, a New Readers focus country. Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa with over 170M people, where the official language is English. Roughly half of Nigerians have internet access, so it serves as an ideal context for this pilot.

Project summary[edit]

This pilot will deploy wifi hotspots to 20 medical clinics in Nigeria. These hotspots are raspberry pi devices with medical content from a number of free sources, primarily from the Wikimedicine Project.

The project would allow the Wikimedia Foundation to:

  • Develop partnerships in Nigeria (government, universities, private organizations)
  • Build methods of data collection
  • Collect data on:
    • Usage (ease of use/# of times, etc.)
    • Relevance of content (do you need video/audio/content frequently consumed)
    • Suitability of hotspot device in setting/context
    • Methods of use
    • Demographics of use
    • Interactivity and information sharing
    • Methods of rollout

Primary measure of success: healthcare providers regularly access the Wiki Medicine information, supplemented by the qualitative and quantitative data received from surveys and usage data that will provide information on what to be tweaked prior to further implementation.

Project details[edit]

See full budget and project details below

  • Where: 20 medical clinics in Nigeria, in peri-urban communities
  • When: starting October 2018 for 12 months
  • What: Raspberry Pi devices preloaded with Wikiproject Medicine and other freely licensed medical content
  • Who:
    • Project execution: Wikimedia Foundation & Africa Center (Uzo Iwaela)
    • Supported by: Federal Ministry of Health, CDC Nigeria office, Health Systems Consult Limited (HSCL)
    • Materials by: Kiwix, Internet in a Box, and Wikiproject Medicine

Data collection[edit]

  • Regular monitoring visits by the in-country Project Manager to solicit user feedback and stories, and other project communications materials from the field.
  • Usage data will be collected from all the hotspots will be collected at the completion of the pilot.
  • Interview one healthcare provider per state for a longer survey at the end of the pilot, related to their digital needs, their thoughts on the offline Wiki Medicine hotspot, and the project approach and management.
  • Completion interviews with representatives of the partner organizations will also be conducted to ascertain successes and area for improvement on working together

Scaling this pilot[edit]

After proof of concept and success with the offline Wiki Medicine hotspots, use the successes and findings to apply for further funding from large organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, or the Omidyar Network. These foundations have a focus funding towards the UN Sustainable Development goals, which align directly with this project.

This will allow for implementation of offline Wiki Medicine hotspots loaded with Wikipedia and other content to be distributed across the continent, providing critical medical information in many areas that don’t have reliable internet access. After the initial pilot, there are also opportunities for additional partnerships with top medical and public health schools across the globe.