On the 17th November 2016 the National Department of Health held an event celebrating the launch of NurseConnect, and the registration of the millionth mother on MomConnect. NurseConnect is a new initiative that links nurses into the MomConnect system, providing them with valuable health information via SMS, and giving them access to a helpdesk.
The event was convened by South Africa’s Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, who addressed a large crowd of nurses and community healthcare workers. Jembi Health Systems, Praekelt Foundation, HISP South Africa and the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute manned stalls and demonstrated components of the MomConnect and NurseConnect systems.
Pierre Dane, Jembi’s Director of Technology had the opportunity to demonstrate the MomConnect backbone interoperability layer to the Minister. Also pictured is Dr Yogan Pillay, Deputy Director General responsible for HIV/TB, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Women’s Health in the National department of Health (NDOH) and Kabelo Molepo, who demonstrated the DHIS2 reporting platform to the Minister.
Jembi is part of a Task Team, convened by the NDOH, and has contributed to the development of the digital platform for MomConnect and NurseConnect (http://www.health.gov.za/index.php/mom-connect).
MomConnect was launched in August 2014 and since then, over a million mothers have been registered to receive stage based maternal messaging, providing mothers with valuable information about their pregnancies and new-borns. MomConnect was expanded into NurseConnect, which provides informational messages and a 2-way communication platform for nurses.
Pierre Dane with Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, SA Minister of Health