Source: World Health Organisation
Over 830 mothers die daily from perinatal complications with 67% of them in developing countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. More than 2 400 newborns die every day and about 3 100 within their first 4 weeks of life from preventable neonatal conditions.
In Zambia and Zimbabwe combined, over 1.8 million mothers give birth annually with 15+ dying daily. Only 29% of pregnant mothers have access to good quality antenatal care putting the majority at risk of perinatal complications.
Image: Remote Maternal Health
At Dawa Health, we believe democratizing access to maternal health will significantly lower the numbers of pregnancy-induced maternal mortality. We are reshaping access to maternal health via several tools tailored for mothers and health centers. Our approach is targeted at contributing to SDG 3, 4, 8, & 10.
Rudo is a virtual assistant chatbot available 24/7 to support mothers at their convinience. Rudo is a Shona word that means love, this signifies the values we hold as a company to help mothers in the region access quality maternal health.
We are working with a network of community health workers who provide biweekly support to mothers.
Image: Rudo- [AI-powered chatbot]
Image: The DawaMom app
The DawaMom is an AI-powered app empowering mothers to receive remote maternal health while guiding them through their pregnancy.
The app is tailored to provide weekly advice corresponding to that of the mother's pregnancy. Functionalities include:
To overcome barriers of internet access and low smart-phone penetration in low-income communities, we have designed a USSD/SMS app that runs over a short code. This models enables mothers with feature phones to get access to the DawaMom services.
The app works with a network of community health agents who act as last-mile support contacts to mothers. Mothers get bi-weekly visits to have a consistent parameter tarcking.
Through the USSD/SMS app, mothers are able to navigate services through a shortcode with no need of internet.The services available over USSD include:
Image: USSD/SMS App
The Community Health Worker Program is a flagship service working together with the DawaMom apps. This service enables mothers to request biweekly home visits from a network of agents.
For every visit, the health agent monitor parameters like- blood pressure, urinalysis profile, TORCH diseases, amoung others.
The mother get remote maternal health support from health facilities and experts through the platform. A network of CHW provide biweekly home visits to measure and monitor medical profiles.
This is a worthwhile project and i would recommend it to my pregnant patients. It's a must have app as it helps the patient.
Being a mother with high blood pressure is not easy. This service would be easy to use since I already use facebook app on my phone.
This will make the patient health concious and change their behaviour. With the vital signs tracking it's easier to trace patient progress.