Jul 19, 2010

Technology Can Improve Maternal Health Outcomes


In Rwanda, some community health workers (CHWs) are getting equipped with mobile phones with software that will enable them to provide antenatal care. The handsets were donated by President Paul Kagame, as part of efforts to enhance maternal and child healthcare in rural areas. Life For Mothers will also be using a similar technology to train community residents to become CHWs. They will be educated in antenatal and postnatal protocols as well as family planning options and child survival with software programs already downloaded on their phones. Here's the link:http://ip-telephony.tmcnet.com/news/2010/07/19/4906851.htm

Did you know?

The risk of a woman dying in sub-Saharan Africa as a result of pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 22, as compared to 1 in 7300 in developed regions.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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