The Safe Delivery App is an innovative mobile health solution using animated instruction films to train and instruct birth attendants to improve their skills and performance. The app is developed by Maternity Foundation in collaboration with leading scientists from University of Copenhagen and University of Southern Denmark.
Why? The Safe Delivery App
Annually, more than 289,000 women and 3 million newborns die from birth- or pregnancy-related causes globally. This means that every second minute a women dies in pregnancy or childbirth and every 30 second a newborn baby dies due to delivery complications.
However, there is good news: 90 percent of these deaths are preventable with the attention and care of a skilled birth attendant! The absolute key in fighting maternal mortality is training – and thus, empowerment – of birth attendants.
But in Sub-Saharan Africa there is an acute lack of skilled attendance at birth – especially in remote areas. Often the health workers have low levels of formal training, and are deployed, often alone, at remote stations. Mobile health tools such as The Safe Delivery App can overcome these out-reach barriers.
It consists of animated instruction films that are easy to understand and overcomes one of the major barriers of low literacy. The app can also be used as a reference tool during clinical work. For example, during the preparation before attending a birth, in a situation where a complication occurs, or for debriefing and self-evaluation after a complication.
The Safe Delivery App can be preinstalled on the phone and it is therefore not a requirement to have network connection or internet access with the phone.
Testing the app started last year in Gimbie in the Oromo region It is already showed remarkable improvement in the skill and knowledge level of the health workers it is also being tested in Ghana and will soon be deployed in Tanzania, Guinea and elsewhere. The foundation s goal is to equip 10,000 health workers by 2017.