Na­tion­wide in 2018

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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-

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