Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health
The Government together with the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, Makerere University and Afro Mama, an NGO, have launched a mobile phonebased technology to improve maternal health in Uganda .
The technology, dubbed mobile health, operates in such a way that a midwife or health worker connects a patient to the health centre through a phone call or SMS.
Pregnant mothers are updated or reminded to go for check-up and sleep under a mosquito net to prevent malaria. Midwives or health workers keep records of appointments with the doctor.
The expectant mothers can also call the midwife incase of an emergency, even if it is not maternal health-related. Dr. Josephine Nabukenya, the dean of the faculty, says:
"We will mainly focus on rural women who may not afford regular medical check-up to use their phones to access information regarding pregnancy.
Almost half a million women in the world die of preventable pregnancy-related
complications every year."