Safe Delivery App launched to combat infant mortality in Ghana
5 January 2018
A Danish app, The Safe Delivery App, has been launched in Ghana to combat infant mortality. According to the Embassy of Denmark, 30,000 infants lose their lives every year due to complications related to birth or pregnancies in the country.
The free smartphone application, developed by the University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark and Maternity Foundation, provides immediate access to evidence-based information on basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care.
"The application downloads content whenever your phone is connected to the internet, so that people will be able to access the information even in parts of Ghana where internet connection is unstable," notes the Embassy of Denmark in a statement.
According to the Embassy, the idea to utilise mobile phone technology in the health sector is nothing new, but the demand and more importantly the effect of this technology has increased dramatically in later years. "A decade ago only 1/5 people in the world had access to a mobile device, but in 2017 around half the world's population has access to one."