Implementation of Technology for Maternal & Child Health Project Takes Off in Ghana
Across the world, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays an important role in socio-economic development and healthcare delivery systems. ICTs including mobile connectivity are transforming communications, healthcare and essential services delivery.
As part of efforts to promote good maternal and child health in Ghana, Savana Signatures, in collaboration with Salasan Consulting Inc. with funding from Global Affairs Canada started the implementation of the Technology for Maternal and Child Health (T4MCH) project. The target communities are in hard to reach and peri-urban communities in three (3) regions in Ghana.
The T4MCH project has an ultimate objective to contribute to the reduction of maternal and child mortality in Ghana and is being implemented in 33 health facilities in nine districts in Northern, Upper West and Volta Regions of Ghana.
In 2016, over 199 health professionals made up of midwives and community health nurses were trained in the use of ICTs. This was to help them use ICTs to create-multi-media maternal and child health information for dissemination to pregnant women and new mothers in the project areas.
In May, 2017, 33 Health facilities were presented with some ICT equipment through the Northern, Volta and Upper West Regional Health Directorates of the Ghana Health Service.
The equipment, made up of mobile phones, laptops, projectors, project screens, pointers and mini public-address systems (speakers) are meant to facilitate maternal and child health promotion; community education and to help raise awareness on good maternal and child health tips among pregnant women, new mothers and their families.
The T4MCH project uses mobile voice and SMS messaging that delivers weekly vital maternal and child health information in nine (9) Ghanaian languages to the beneficiaries to help them and their babies stay healthy during and after pregnancy.