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