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This week I am featuring two social innovators for the price of one life changing social organisation. Jonathan Jackson (CEO) & Vikram Kumar (CMO) are the founders of Dimagi and their mobile health platform called CommCare has just landed them the Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneur Award at the World Economic Forum meeting in Tianjin, China.

Both Jonathan and Vikram were selected from a list of more than 1,000 global applicants for the prestigious award and now find themselves in an exclusive pot of 26 successful awardees (you can see all of the awardees here).

Let’s have a look at their award winning work.


When Jonathan and Vikram originally founded Dimagi their mission was to integrate innovative technology into global public and private services in order to improve human health and well-being. I think CommCare is most definitely an excellent representation of this ethos.

CommCare is a mobile technology platform for community health workers in developing countries. The mobile phone app and web interface lets resource-challenged users to store and access patient information and monitor at-risk patients through mobile phones made available to remote health facilities.

Here is a nice infographic about the tech…..

So far the organisation have recorded 300,000 home visits! Take a bow Jonathan and Vikram because you are saving lives, the technology has literally helped mobilise health care workers all over the world (explore a mix of case studies at the bottom of this post).

Jonathan recently said this about the platform when he found out about the award acknowledgement:

We’ve been working in this field for a long time, and we strongly believe that taking a product platform approach to ICT projects is the key to building sustainable programs to expand the effective delivery of life saving interventions. We greatly appreciate the Schwab Foundations’ acknowledgement and support.”

The video below will help you understand in greater detail the work that Dimagi carry out in the community with their mobile health platform:

If you would like to know more about Vikram and Jonathan then please head here. For more information about CommCare case studies around the globe then please explore the links below:

CommCare ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist – India)

CommCare TZ (Tanzania)

CommCare Zambia

CommCare USA

Let me know if you’ve seen an individual or group worthy of our social innovator of the week title! You can leave your link in the comments section below or drop me a tweet @Nokia_Connects. Have a great week!

[Image credits: Dimagi, Schwab Foundation]