Nationwide in 2018
Currently APHRC is working with more than 16 healthcare facilities, mostly in Nairobi, but will extend the app countrywide once the current pilot program ends in December this year.
“We will soon be partnering with the Ministry of Health. This means we will extend the coverage to deal with a national problem [of maternal mortality],” said Kyobutungi. The app also gives women access to early diagnosis. It advises women to have at least four antenatal visits per year.
“Most deaths are from prolonged labor and heavy bleeding before or after birth, which at times can be blamed on medical negligence,” said Daniel Yumbya, CEO of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, a government agency that monitors medical ethics, issues licenses and punishes medical professionals in cases of malpractice.
Yumbya said they have many reported cases of either the mother dying due to medical negligence or losing their newborns right after birth.
“Our most recent case is of a newborn dying from perinatal asphyxia two days after birth due to 18 hours of prolonged labor. But we hope with the Mpamanech app, all will change as professionals can exchange data and information on patient health,” said Yumbya.
APHRC also hopes that Mpamanech will lead to the development of a national policy on maternal and infant care once it is fully implemented.
To enable this, the collection of data is vital. Kyobutungi said that APHRC is interested in promoting the use of data for decision making, especially by data gen-