Below is an interesting story on the use of cell-phone technology to reduce maternal mortality in Nigeria. The phones were deployed to enable communication between the nursing or expectant mothers with their health service providers. It is likely that cell-phone enabled health interventions will become more and more common in the world as the future unfolds.
Cellphones reduce maternal mortality by 30 percent
Abiye Safe Motherhood Project focus on improving maternal and child health
Two years following the launch of Abiye Safe Motherhood Project and the Mother & Child Hospital initiatives, significant improvement in the healthcare is evident, says Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju.
The project, focused on improving maternal and child health in Nigeria’s Ondo State, has seen 30 percent reduction in maternal mortality, according to Adeyanju.
Based on deployment of mobile phones to enable communication between the nursing or expectant mothers with their health service providers, the project was initiated to discover the plight of the women within the Nigerian state.
An earlier study, according to Adeyanju, had found that the number of women who attend and ‘deliver’ at the basic health centres were appalling prompting the state government, through Abiye Safe Motherhood Project and the Mother and Child Hospital Projects, to monitor the women.
Mobile phones were distributed to the registered expectant women within the Ondo state as a way of luring them back to the healthcare facility.
Adeyanju said that under Abiye, the project distributed the phone to the women for free as it was the only way they could stay connected to their health service providers. The mothers could also be monitored and incase they experienced contractions be asked back to the facility.
The use of the mobiles phones are expected to further reduce maternal mortality rate by 75 percent by 2015.
To read the full story, please click here: http://dailytimes.com.ng/article/cellphones-reduce-maternal-mortality-30-percent
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