Recent Projects of Elementos


Field Study Work

Create Animated Videos for Education in Nutrition, Sanitation, and Early Childhood Development:

Elementos is proud to share the animated videos created by our Research Team. The videos teach and promote some of the most important topics for child health and development in our Peruvian Amazon. The videos will be shown with our App by the community health agents during their home visits. Also, the videos will be used for various training and capacity-building workshops with caregivers and health agents. Watch the videos on our Youtube channel and download the videos to share in your own workshops.

Development of a Field Guidebook for Community Health Agents:

The specialists at Elementos have come together to create a dynamic guide book for community health agents to use during their home visits. The book includes an agenda to determine which health messages should be presented during each home visit. It includes clear and concise messages to read with the caregivers and images to guide the conversation. The topics include; nutrition, breastfeeding, sanitation, disease prevention, early childhood development, and maternal health. Download the book, Desarrollo Elemental: Promoción de Salud y Desarrollo Infantil, or use the link below. Contact Elementos if you would like to adapt the guidebook for community health agent programs in other regions.

A Grand Challenge: The Child Health Education and Surveillance Tool (The CHEST):

The CHEST Project is supported by Saving Brains, a grant by Grand Challenges Canada. The Child Health Education and Surveillance Tool (The CHEST) is a tablet-based app that will give rural health workers the tools they need to teach parents and children healthy practices for child nutrition, early childhood development, and disease control. The innovative tool will also provide the local health authorities with child health data in real time to know which individuals need extra help and track the spread of diseases at the community level.

Performance Evaluation of Community Health Agents:

Elementos is proud to share its most recent publication of research that is being executed. The research team created the material and methodology to conduct a performance evaluation of community health workers. The tools were applied to a community health worker program in 3 districts of Loreto. The results were used to improve program performance for maternal and child health.

The publication can be read here.

Measuring Hemoglobin with a Smart Phone App:

The App, HemaApp, can measure hemoglobin levels in blood and screen for anemia with the camera of your smartphone. No finger prick or blood draw! It's so simple a community health agent can perform the diagnosis in the field! Elementos is working with Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory at the University of Washington to validate the innovative instrument in the field with diverse ethnic groups and local cultures.

Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy:

Elementos is collaborating with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Regional Ministry of Health of Loreto to carry out a study about adolescent pregnancy in rural Amazonian communities and the effectiveness of the government program to prevent adolescent pregnancies. The research team at Elementos conducted surveys about the knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding family planning and practices of safe sex by adolescents, recent mothers, and health center representatives in the communities. They are now working with the Regional Ministry of Health to turn the study findings into program improvements to prevent adolescent pregnancy.

Barriers to the Use of Local Health Services for Maternal and Child Health:

Elementos is conducting research regarding the barriers of use of local health services aimed at improving maternal and child health in rural communities. Why do the mothers not want to give their children micronutrient powder? Why do they give birth in their home? Are they afraid of vaccines? How can we improve the local health services, so they are more appealing to the local culture? We are traveling to distant communities in various regions to find the answers! With the findings, we will work with the service providers to make health services more sensitive to the local culture and context.