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The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Maldaba delivered a research-focussed content management system for The Consortium for Research on Equitable Health Systems (CREHS) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

CREHS carry-out research in low and middle-income countries around the world. Members of the consortium are based in Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, India, Nigeria and Thailand, sometimes with poor connection to the Internet. CREHS needed a way to manage the research group (meetings, projects, contact details) as well as manage and disseminate the output of the research (publications) and facilitate communication amongst group members.

Maldaba provided SMYLE, a content management system specifically targeted at University researchers. SMYLE operates on a low bandwidth, facilitating use on modems and in locations with intermittent connections. SMYLE offers a secure login system and lets members share diaries, manage contact details, keep projects up-to-date and use the file store as a convenient way to share files with other members. In addition, SMYLE contains a forum only accessible to logged-in members, to facilitate group discussion. Because the outputs of the research also need to be disseminated to the public, SMYLE can plug into a public website, to let site visitors search for and view details of the research and download publications. Logins and data are all controlled by LSHTM staff, without the need to rely on Maldaba for day-to-day management.