- May 14th, 2012
- Robert Zak
Kenya’s current infant mortality statistics stand at 43.61 deaths per 1000 live births, making it one of the world’s worse countries for a mother to conceive a child in.
With the help of mobile phones however, the Central African country is hoping to amend this sombre statistic. In partnership with USAID, the Kenyan Government has developed an app that connects health workers, midwives and pregnant mothers.
The system grants free prepaid mobile phone credit, which pregnant women can use to look up health information, including antenatal care and delivery services.
The app gives professionals easy tracking of pregnant women under their care, and allows them to call up women for follow-ups, health checks and care. The system is currently being used in 11 Kenyan counties.
Aphia Plus Health Advisor Dr. Ruth Jahonga said that ‘the system is a plus to both the mothers and the health experts, as it will not only reduce the number of deaths but it will help them curb the causes of it.’
The majority of child deliveries in Kenya are currently carried out at home by untrained midwives. This new SMS-based system has ensured that up to 50 women are professionally attended to each month.
[Source: The Next Web]