Reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality in low and middle-income countries is achievable if health facilities have the capacity to provide quality MCH care and basic EmONC and if there is adequate demand for services amongst women. Significant progress has been made through initiatives such as SMGL to improve the standard of care in a number of health facilities in Zambia. However, maternal health service utilization remains low; 90% of women register their pregnancies at an antenatal clinic (ANC), but fewer than 10% achieve focused ANC and less than half deliver at health facility. By strengthening demand side interventions to complement SMGL’s efforts, the program can be more effective in increasing utilization of existing maternal health services.
The mHealth team has piloted a customized mobile health (mHealth) platform, Project mUbumi, designed to assist community volunteers in the follow-up of pregnant women at the community level. mUbumi was developed and implemented in conjunction with SMGL in few sites within Kalomo district. Through mUbumi, registered pregnant women are linked to specific CSVs assigned to her village. The project provides the ability to track pregnant women through ANC, labor, and postnatal care, and to obtain individual-level health outcomes.
|Principal Investigator||Donald M. Thea|
|Boston University Co-Investigators||Godfrey Biemba, Kaluba Mataka, Chris Gill, Emily Hammond, Corrie Haley
|Dates of Activity||2006–2014|