How Cell Phones Help Deliver Prenatal Care in India

By Leon Kaye | February 15, 2013 | India

Many women in India lack access to adequate prenatal care and deliver newborns in the home. A program backed by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the U.S. State Department, however, helps health care workers deliver critical health advice and monitoring with the help of a simple mobile telephone.


Dimagi

Since 2010 Dimagi has equipped health care workers with cell phones operating Dimagi’s CommCare software. A pilot program in the Kaushambi District of Uttar Pradesh has already found success after six months. Analytics are not yet complete, but  the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) who visit pregnant women have improved their knowledge of newborn care interventions and other high impact maternal care information by almost 25 percent. Watch the video below to learn more about an amazing program helping to save women’s, and newborns’, lives.

Leon Kaye will explore children’s health issues in India February 16-27 with the International Reporting Project. This post originally appeared on Leon's blog.

 

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