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Table 3 Challenges and solutions taken during the mapping

From: Integrated mapping of lymphatic filariasis and podoconiosis: lessons learnt from Ethiopia

Challenges Solutions taken
Batteries running out of charge Charge all the chargers after work and prepare them for the next day. Use of car charger in areas where there is no electricity. In a few cases where charging was not possible, paper based data collection were conducted for one day, while the other team members charged the smartphones in nearby towns.
Inability to edit once data is submitted in the smartphone. Communicate with the central team to discuss any errors and edit the data promptly.
Lack of network Store the data in the smartphone and transfer when there is access for internet.
Community mobilization Discuss the best time for the community for mass gathering, such as early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Whenever appropriate, use holidays.
Inaccessibility (some districts during rainy season) Use alternative transport such as motorbikes, boat or horses. In areas where no other possibilities existed, walking was the last resort.