We finally heard back from CONISIDA, the Nicaraguan Commission on Aids run by the Ministry of Health, whom we presented our project to about a month ago and whom we need permission from to run ChatSalud. They sent us a series of edits--nothing major--which our team is working on this week. With any luck, we'll be moving forward shortly.
I'd be interested to hear from the community:
We've been working at starting ChatSalud for about 7 months now, and there's always someone else to get permission from before we can start. Though, admittedly, with each step in the process, our project is getting stronger and gaining more momentum in the Nicaraguan public health community. Maybe red tape is a positive thing...Thoughts?
Meanwhile, we found a developer who is helping us add more privacy functions to FrontlineSMS. Now, when users text ChatSalud, a unique code will identify the individual user instead of their phone number--an important feature to prevent abuse of the system and to maintain confidentiality. Thank you, Alex G.
More meetings next week, and updates to come!
For more information about our project ChatSalud, see previous blog post.