“Children, newborns and mothers have a greater chance of surviving today than they did just two decades ago… In 2017 alone, 6.3 million children under the age of 15 died – including 5.4 million children under the age of 5 and 2.5 million infants less than one month old. Every day, an estimated 830 women die from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth.” (UNICEF, 2019). Many of these deaths are caused by diseases like pneumonia, malaria and diarrhoea and severe bleeding and can be prevented by more efficient use of resources within underfunded health systems, struggling to provide quality essential services. Digital health solutions can provide better access to information for patients, community health workers and facility clinicians, allowing them to reach patients within the last mile. Better data for policy makers, enabled evidence driven decision making and can lead to significant improvements on service provision.
Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (MNCH)
The Digital Road to Health Project
The Road to Health mobile app is a digitized version of the National Department of Health Road to Health book which is provided to each baby at birth to provide advice on how to raise a happy, healthy child.
The national MomConnect service for pregnant women in South Africa is a cellphone-based health information initiative of the South African National Department of Health. Since its launch on 21 August 2014 the service has had nearly three million women register on attending public healthcare facilities.
Jembi in collaboration with Ona, HISP Malawi and GIZ Malawi are supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Malawi to strengthen its health systems initially focusing on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health by promoting data analysis, interpretation and use through the implementation of an electronic register system, OpenSRP as well as through the introduction of innovative solutions to support standards based interoperability
Blood Safety Strengthening Programme (BSSP)
As one of the WHO recognised essential medicines, safe blood is a critical treatment for severe bleeding during pregnancy and childbirth, childhood malaria and trauma. The aim of the Blood Safety Strengthening Programme is to support international efforts to improve accessibility and safety of blood in resource-constrained countries by electronically capturing and managing data about blood donors and donations from the point of donation to point of transfusion.