Pos­si­ble game changer

ChinAfrica - - Africa Report -

In a coun­try like Kenya, with a high ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity rate, Mpa­manech is sav­ing the lives of new­born in­fants and their moth­ers.

“Pa­tients do not have to in­form the health pro­fes­sion­als at a re­fer­ral hos­pi­tal of their prob­lem as their data is al­ready in the app and has been shared by health work­ers from pre­vi­ous health cen­ters,” said Dr. Cather­ine Ky­obu­tungi, Di­rec­tor of Re­search at the African Pop­u­la­tion and Health Re­search Cen­ter (APHRC) in Nairobi, who helped de­velop the tech­nol­ogy.

“Upon the ar­rival of the pa­tient from an­other fa­cil­ity or com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity to a larger hos­pi­tal, the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided in the app is just con­firmed with the pa­tient. This en­ables fol­low-up treat­ment if needed,” said Ky­obu­tungi.

She adds that the app an­a­lyzes health data of preg­nant moth­ers and new­borns. This in­cludes any in­for­ma­tion on dis­eases and progress of treat­ment from the pre­vi­ous hos­pi­tals.

Ky­obu­tungi said the app is sav­ing lives and restor­ing hope to preg­nant moth­ers. Af­ter the app was de­vel­oped

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