Technology for Maternal Health Project Gets International Recognition

A pregnant women access maternal health information on mobile phone

Savana Signatures’ Technology for Maternal Health project (T4MH) has been recognized and listed for discussion by Webster University Annual Human Rights Conference scheduled to take place in October 2015.

Savana Signatures through its Technology for Maternal Health Project which is under a programme known as Mobile for Access (M4A) is listed among other organizations including Gates Foundation, Neonatal Network Support System, Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), and International Pediatric Association among other organizations for its contribution to the reduction of maternal mortality and improvement of maternal health in Ghana based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5.

Technology for Maternal Health project which was funded by STAR Ghana for a two period is a mobile platform that provides educative information about maternal health issues to expectant mothers. the overall aim of the project is help reduce maternal deaths in the region, improve access to maternal health information by expectant mothers and increase the utilization of health facilities by expectant mothers among other things.

As at December 2014, the project had reached over 6000 expectant mothers in Northern Region with easy to understand maternal health information. The messages are customized  and delivered to expectant mothers based on their gestation periods and in their local dialects.

This year’s Webster university Annual Human rights Conference is focusing on the successes and failures of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions have since galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest, according to the UN.

The UN says it is working closely with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with ambitious post-2015 development agenda.

The Webster University stated in his website that the 2015 Annual Human Rights Conference will reflect on the successes and failures of the MDGs, as well as consider the post- development agenda.

Savana Signatures since 2011 has been implementing Technology for Maternal Health Project in the Northern region of Ghana. The project has helped to reduce maternal deaths, promoted maternal health, improve Ante-natal Care attendance and skill delivery at health facilities.

Savana Signatures with funding support from Cordaid, Connect4Change, and International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and Ghana Health Service (GHS) has since expanded the project to cover five more deprived districts in Northern Region as part of efforts to further reduce maternal deaths in the region. The project has also increased the number of local dialects to include Likpakpali, Hausa, Dagbani, Gonja, and English creating options for expectant mothers to choose from among the languages they are conversant with.

The Northern Regional Director of Ghana Health Service (GHS) Dr. Yakubu Mahama recently acknowledged the contribution of Technology for Maternal Health to the reduction of maternal deaths in the region. He said, the region recorded 112 maternal deaths in 2012, 99 deaths in 2013 and 66 deaths in 2014.  The Technology for maternal health is being implemented in deprived districts in Northern Region of Ghana where maternal and infant mortality is high.

The project delivers customized maternal health information to expectant mothers through voice calls in various local dialects, trained health professional, establishes maternal health corners and organizes knowledge sharing sessions among other interventions.