Articles by Bobbi Gray
Preparing Community Health Workers to Deploy the COVID-19 Vaccine: Five Lessons on Digital Training Learned From the Ebola Crisis
Though COVID-19 deaths continue to rise around the globe, growing access to vaccines provides a ray of hope. As Monica Amponsah, Bobbi Gray and Gigi Gatti at Grameen Foundation explain, community health workers can play a key role in bringing the vaccine to vulnerable communities in the developing world. They discuss the digital solutions Grameen Foundation developed to help community health workers support the Ebola vaccine trials in Sierra Leone, and share five lessons for leveraging mobile tools to help these workers deploy COVID-19 vaccinations.
As mobile technology becomes nearly ubiquitous, the next wave of users is expected to come from rural regions, where smallholder farmers produce the majority of the food yet often live in poverty. In these areas, data-driven agriculture is already creating a new economy – one in which data itself is the currency that can help lift farmers out of poverty. Bobbi Gray and Ellen Galdava discuss an upcoming Grameen Foundation paper, supported by USAID and FHI 360, on this quickly shifting dynamic.
Who qualifies as a ‘farmer’? This sounds like a simple question for any agricultural intervention, but it is fraught with complexity. Sometimes farm owners live in the city, hiring caretakers to farm their land. Other times, women do most of the actual farming, but their husbands collect the income. Even the definition of ‘smallholder’ is often ambiguous. As efforts to digitize farming data gather momentum, Bobbi Gray at Grameen Foundation explores some ways to clarify this picture – and the challenges this will involve.