New smartphone app for midwives and future mothers launched in Ghana

smartphone app communications africa1The smartphone application downloads content whenever your phone is connected to the Internet. (Photo: Pixabay) A new application for smartphones aims to lower infant mortality in Ghana related to birth or pregnancies in Ghana

The new smartphone application “The Safe Delivery App” was launched at a recent event hosted by Maternity Foundation, UNFPA and the Embassy of Denmark in Ghana.

The event welcomed 44 midwives, doctors, other health staff, representatives of the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, CHAG, and civil society organisations in the health sector.

The application works by letting pregnant women, midwives or anyone else get access to download several simple instructions that are aimed to help solve some of the most common issues connected to pregnancies and births. 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.

“There is not always a trained midwife in the village and maybe not even a nurse. Therefore you send the women on, because people are not able to handle the birth locally, but sending a pregnant woman, who is bleeding, to a hospital hours away, is almost the same as sending a woman to death," said Anna Cecilia Frellsen, CEO of Maternity Foundation.

"With this birth app you can just avoid sending the women on," added Frellsen. 

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