An in­no­va­tive smart­phone app de­vel­oped in Kenya is help­ing re­duce the high ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity rate

ChinAfrica - - Africa Report -

WAIRIMU Gathoni, 23, is ex­pect­ing her sec­ond child in four months’ time. The veg­etable ven­dor in Kenya’s cap­i­tal Nairobi is ex­cited and look­ing for­ward to a smooth birth process and has none of the fears as­so­ci­ated with her first preg­nancy, which sadly ended in a mis­car­riage.

Her con­fi­dence is be­cause of a mo­bile In­ter­net pa­tient in­for­ma­tion shar­ing app called Mpa­manech, de­vel­oped in Kenya.

“The app has helped me a lot. Un­like my pre­vi­ous preg­nancy, this time around, doc­tors could un­der­stand my prob­lems bet­ter. This is partly be­cause, with the app, [dif­fer­ent] hos­pi­tals can share a pa­tient’s in­for­ma­tion more eas­ily,” she told Chi­nafrica.

Gathoni said with the app, she can be di­ag­nosed cor­rectly, as doc­tors at any hos­pi­tal where she has a check-up are aware of her pre­vi­ous mis­car­riage, which gives them cur­rent treat­ment guide­lines. Be­cause of this, she be­lieves her preg­nancy will run to full term with no com­pli­ca­tions. in March 2016, a to­tal of 343 women in Kenya have car­ried safe preg­nan­cies to term as a re­sult of us­ing the app, she said. In ad­di­tion, 89 women who are cur­rently preg­nant are be­ing mon­i­tored at their homes by com­mu­nity health vol­un­teers (CHVS) af­ter re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for dif­fer­ent preg­nancy com­pli­ca­tions from dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals.

“The most com­pli­cated cases are rup­tures of the uter­ine wall that causes heavy bleed­ing and is re­spon­si­ble for many mis­car­riages and deaths of both mother and in­fant,” said Ky­obu­tungi.

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