Mobile Health for Improved Maternal and Child Health Services Utilisation
At a glance:
Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia
June 2017 to June 2019
Mobile Health for Improved Maternal and Child Health Services Utilization
The project will enable pregnant women and their children to access and utilize maternal health services including Ante Natal Care, delivery ,Post Natal Care and immunisation. It assists the HEWs to follow up pregnant women to utilize maternal health services. It facilitates and strengths the referral system between the HEWs and health facilities.
Challenges to address
Despite the decreasing trend, maternal and infant death rates are still high in many parts of the developing world including Ethiopia. A major contributory factor for this is the low level of skilled attendance at delivery which in turn is influenced by the low antenatal care service utilization.
Through the proposed project, Health Extension Workers will identify pregnant mothers in the community and submit their basic information through their mobile to mobile platform. The system will subsequently send messages to the HEWs about the appointment dates of the pregnant mother, expected date of delivery, postnatal appointments and in their community.
With a vision ‘Lasting Health Change in Africa’, Amref Health Africa works to ensure every African can enjoy the right to health services. In Ethiopia, we implement a diversified health projects focusing on three key programmatic areas:
- Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
- Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases