mCARE for maternal, neonatal and postpartum care
The programme running from 2011-2013 utilizes mobile phone and database technologies to improve registration and monitoring of pregnancies as well as neonatal and post-partum care. The pilot is taking place in rural Bangladesh, where the burden of maternal and neonatal mortality is highest. Mobile phones play an improtant role in contacting a health services or an ambulance. However, while access to mobile phones has significantly increased in recent years, there is still a gap among families in lower-income settings. The aim of the project is to link community health workers to their clients in order to improve health surveillance, facilitate referrals and improve overall care. The pilot includes an evaluation component that will be used to measure functionality and usability before considering scaling-up.