The more technology improves in low-and-middle income countries the quicker mobile apps will be invented and scaled to better people’s live. We already know that banking apps have transformed the exchange of money and have helped economies like Kenya’s thrive. Now, innovators are looking to create more and more mobile apps to transform health care and save more lives.
Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. While those numbers have fallen considerably over the past decade, the numbers still remain incredibly high. In Tanzania, for example, the maternal mortality rate is 578 per every 100,000 live births according to the World Health Organization. Most of these deaths occur due to postpartum hemorrhage, complications during delivery and postpartum infections. When women deliver their babies at home or do not get proper prenatal care during pregnancy the probability that they might die increases.
Smart Access to Health for All (SAHFA), a nonprofit organization that specifically creates applications for rural communities to be able to access quality health information from their mobile phones, wants to save more lives through its technology. JamboMama! is its first project and is seeking 10,000 euros in crowdfunding to complete.
The JamboMama! app provides health information to expecting women and connects them to their health workers. It provides pregnancy updates and sends women’s medical records to the hospital where they will give birth. JamboMama! also sends text updates about the mother’s pregnancy and prompts her to answer questions about how she is feeling and how her pregnancy is moving along. For women in rural communities who cannot always get to their community health posts, health clinics, or hospitals JamboMama! can be the difference between life and death.
SAHFA plans to launch JamboMama! in Tanzania as its first pilot program. To donate to the creation of JamboMama! visit SAHFA’s crowdfunding page at https://www.helloasso.com/associations/sahfa/collectes/jambomama.
While the payment instructions are in French, you can allow Google to translate the page.
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Mobile apps and websites are developed to make people life easier. Expecting moms must installed one of the healthcare apps to educate themselves.
Thank you for this very good presentation of our association SAHFA and its application JamboMama! We are now going to bring it to Bunda district where it will be a tool to strengthen the impact of a district programme to improve pregnancy monitoring in villages far away from the hospital of Kibara. We are at present raising funds again to help our partner cover the costs of awareness raising, training, and setting the system up, not to forget the customisation of the app to pioneer users’ needs. JamboMama! aims to be a bespoke app. For further information go to our website http://www.smartaccesstohealthforall.org and follow this link to our 2018 fundraising campaign https://www.helloasso.com/associations/sahfa/collectes/jambomama-safe-motherhood-for-bunda-women
Help us get the JamboMama! app to the women of Bunda district for Safe Motherhood! Save the mothers lives and empower them with basic digital literacy and a responsible, life saving mobile application.