Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does “Mashavu” mean?

Mashavu means “chubby-cheeked” in Swahili, as our hope is that all of the children of the world will be chubby-cheeked and healthy.

2. What does Mashavu look for in a partner?

We pride ourselves on working with a multitude of people across disciplines and cultures. From engineers to linguists, entrepreneurs to artists, we feel as though radical collaboration is needed to move our endeavors forward. We encourage all interested persons to contact us.

3. What is Mashavu’s innovation?

Mashavu designs tools (receipt books, web applications, smartphone apps) that enable people in the developing world to access healthcare. We work to ensure that our systems our seamlessly integrated into communities’ existing health infrastructure. This is accomplished by providing comprehensive technical training and health education for all those involved.

4. What are the operating requirements for the Mashavu web-based system?

Mashavu can work on any computer or smartphone. It uses the internet to send information to medical professionals. The system was designed to be user-friendly and has been taught to many people who had no prior computer experience.

5. What is a community health worker?

A community health worker is a volunteer who is assigned households to monitor. They visit each household once per month to track births, deaths, pregnancies and immunization. Mashavu enhances CHWs abilities and enables them to collect significantly more valuable information about the villagers they serve. In conjunction with the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepeneurship (HESE) Program at The Pennsylvania State University, Mashavu has performed extensive research on the duties of CHWs. Several publications on this subject are available under Media & Publications.