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Since many pregnant mothers already have children, it might be effective to try to get their other kids involved and educated about the health of their future little brother / sister.

Since many pregnant mothers already have children, it might be effective to try to get their other kids involved and educated about the health of their future little brother / sister.

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Building on the ideas so far using SMS or touch-screen applications, why not also consider an IVR equivalent to educate/train potential midwives within a community on how to diagnose and monitor signs and symptoms?

Building on the ideas so far using SMS or touch-screen applications, why not also consider an IVR equivalent to educate/train potential midwives within a community on how to diagnose and monitor signs and symptoms?

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A group of women from different small local communities were there is no health workers are gathered for 6 month. During this time they will receive a basic education to become trained midwifes. After the training they go back to their local communities together with simple diagnostic equipment.

A group of women from different small local communities were there is no health workers are gathered for 6 month. During this time they will receive a basic education to become trained midwifes. After the training they go back to their local communities together with simple diagnostic equipment.

Photo of An Old Friend
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Community Health Workers (CHWs) are relied upon in many remote areas to provide health education and services, such as antenatal visits to expecting mothers. But they often lack administrative supports to do their job - such as the ability to collect, compile, and act on patient data. This solution is simple: (1) CHWs visit expecting mothers and text patient information to a central number; (2) Local data entry clerks (or an automated system) enter this information into a database; and (3) The database sends calendar-style alerts about follow-up visits to CHWs and patients. This system would help CHWs keep track of their clients' diverse needs, as well as send health-related messages and alerts to the expecting mothers themselves. Finally, with enough community members registered in the database, the system could also facilitate the delivery of services to expecting mothers, such as motorbike ambulances for transport to a health facility.

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are relied upon in many remote areas to provide health education and services, such as antenatal visits to expecting mothers. But they often lack administrative supports to do their job - such as the ability to collect, compile, and act on patient data. This solution is simple: (1) CHWs visit expecting mothers and text patient information to a central number; (2) Local data entry clerks (or an automated system) enter this information into a database; and (3) The database sends calendar-style alerts about follow-up visits to CHWs and patients. This system would help CHWs keep track of their clients' diverse needs, as well as send health-related messages and alerts to the expecting mothers themselves. Finally, with enough community members registered in the database, the system could also facilitate the delivery of services to expecting mothers, such as motorbike ambulances for transport to a health facility.

Photo of Catherine Vaughan
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Concept:
Create Women's Groups as a health service platform to collectively save money, share experiences and build social capital. Use a specially designed mobile device with simple applications giving access to preloaded health-related audio and video content, a simple finance tool, and communication with the hospital, midwives, and a call-in health radio program.

Concept: Create Women's Groups as a health service platform to collectively save money, share experiences and build social capital. Use a specially designed mobile device with simple applications giving access to preloaded health-related audio and video content, a simple finance tool, and communication with the hospital, midwives, and a call-in health radio program.

Photo of Ayako Hiwasa
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To date, neonatal mHealth SMS programs have taken two forms: reminders sent to expectant mothers, and reporting done by certified health workers. mBaby asks the question - what if we combined the two, making the reminders actionable?

Real-time reminders and concrete calls-to-action will help health workers get a clearer picture of their patients' well-being and habits. In addition, these actionable reminders will ensure mothers get quality information and concrete steps to keep themselves - and their babies - healthy.

To date, neonatal mHealth SMS programs have taken two forms: reminders sent to expectant mothers, and reporting done by certified health workers. mBaby asks the question - what if we combined the two, making the reminders actionable? Real-time reminders and concrete calls-to-action will help health workers get a clearer picture of their patients' well-being and habits. In addition, these actionable reminders will ensure mothers get quality information and concrete steps to keep themselves - and their babies - healthy.

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I propose using Group Texting to create communities amongst women who are peers to keep each other accountable, ask questions and find mentors throughout their pregnancies within their own commuities.

I propose using Group Texting to create communities amongst women who are peers to keep each other accountable, ask questions and find mentors throughout their pregnancies within their own commuities.

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New moms are just removed from the questions and experiences of pregnancy - full of sympathy and with the understanding that comes from being on the other side. Could we craft mentor relationships over SMS to complement existing family and community support structures?

New moms are just removed from the questions and experiences of pregnancy - full of sympathy and with the understanding that comes from being on the other side. Could we craft mentor relationships over SMS to complement existing family and community support structures?

Photo of Brett Westervelt
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When childbirth and the 9 months of pregnancy becomes a "women" only activity its also more vulnerable and may not get the necessary political and community support it needs. This simple information sharing idea will make the dads more updated, involved and prepared. Its important to include the dads and make them feel like they are part of the pregnancy on fair terms, that they have access to information.

When childbirth and the 9 months of pregnancy becomes a "women" only activity its also more vulnerable and may not get the necessary political and community support it needs. This simple information sharing idea will make the dads more updated, involved and prepared. Its important to include the dads and make them feel like they are part of the pregnancy on fair terms, that they have access to information.

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Expanding local, affordable healthcare services will be key to the challenge, especially in cases involving complications. Expanding access to finance will be in turn be central to expanding these services. My idea focuses on increasing access to finance to rural doctors, who can then expand to provide delivery services and related supplies.

Expanding local, affordable healthcare services will be key to the challenge, especially in cases involving complications. Expanding access to finance will be in turn be central to expanding these services. My idea focuses on increasing access to finance to rural doctors, who can then expand to provide delivery services and related supplies.

Photo of Nandini Nayar
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Building on the concept of the "village phone lady" and the growth of micro-insurance in the field of micro-finance, I propose a micro-insurance program focused on maternal health. Woman can form an association and pool their savings in order to create a cooperative savings/micro insurance scheme that they can all call on collectively as need arises.

Building on the concept of the "village phone lady" and the growth of micro-insurance in the field of micro-finance, I propose a micro-insurance program focused on maternal health. Woman can form an association and pool their savings in order to create a cooperative savings/micro insurance scheme that they can all call on collectively as need arises.

Photo of Galen Thompson
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After initial training sessions on maternal health issues, expecting mothers and maternal healthcare providers are quizzed by text message. Correctly answering quiz questions, which can be timed with important milestones in a pregnancy, is rewarded with phone credit for the pregnant women and certificates of completion for caregivers.

After initial training sessions on maternal health issues, expecting mothers and maternal healthcare providers are quizzed by text message. Correctly answering quiz questions, which can be timed with important milestones in a pregnancy, is rewarded with phone credit for the pregnant women and certificates of completion for caregivers.

Photo of Trenton DuVal
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In low income countries, men are less involved in their wives pregnancies. They are usually left out as pregnancy and childbirth are considered "a woman thing". It's important that men understand their role as a father right from conception of the child. This means they must be educated about the highs and lows of pregnancy, in order to  make informed decisions in case of an emergency, or otherwise.

In low income countries, men are less involved in their wives pregnancies. They are usually left out as pregnancy and childbirth are considered "a woman thing". It's important that men understand their role as a father right from conception of the child. This means they must be educated about the highs and lows of pregnancy, in order to make informed decisions in case of an emergency, or otherwise.

Photo of Priyanka Kodikal
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Midwives may be scarce but local mums in the community can makeup for this by having a well knit support network.  There are currently iPhone apps that track foodtrucks that move around the city every day such as the Curbside Cuisine App.  What if we took this idea to help local mothers keep track of each other, their condition, and what new services are available in their area?

Midwives may be scarce but local mums in the community can makeup for this by having a well knit support network. There are currently iPhone apps that track foodtrucks that move around the city every day such as the Curbside Cuisine App. What if we took this idea to help local mothers keep track of each other, their condition, and what new services are available in their area?

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Having your first baby brings about a lot of change. It could be a good opportunity to introduce healthier behaviors. Moms who go get prenatal check-ups will be entered into a lottery to win an improved cook stove and water filter. All moms going to prenatal clinics can buy the stove and filter for a discounted price. The chance for 1 out of 20 moms to win these products for free may encourage moms to seek care from clinicians or midwives when they otherwise may only see them at delivery. Regular check ups before delivery can improve care for mom and baby. The motivation to care for a new baby may encourage mom to treat her family's water and use a smokeless stove.

Having your first baby brings about a lot of change. It could be a good opportunity to introduce healthier behaviors. Moms who go get prenatal check-ups will be entered into a lottery to win an improved cook stove and water filter. All moms going to prenatal clinics can buy the stove and filter for a discounted price. The chance for 1 out of 20 moms to win these products for free may encourage moms to seek care from clinicians or midwives when they otherwise may only see them at delivery. Regular check ups before delivery can improve care for mom and baby. The motivation to care for a new baby may encourage mom to treat her family's water and use a smokeless stove.

Photo of Jessica Vechakul
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Sim card which has essential information pre-installed as contacts and text messages, turning a mobile phone into a learning device. 

Universal fit to most of the existing mobile phones regardless of their brand and age.

Sim card which has essential information pre-installed as contacts and text messages, turning a mobile phone into a learning device. Universal fit to most of the existing mobile phones regardless of their brand and age.

Photo of Justin Kim
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In low-income countries, maternal health is not an isolate issue, it can involve: lack of education, self-careless, bad nutrition, poor abilities to communicate and low accessibility to health system. So, the core of the solution could be awareness and education in order that moms-to-be, midwives, health system and the whole community work together to improve their condition. 

This proposal  is kind of wrap-up from different concepts proposed before that can work together and focused on rural areas.

In low-income countries, maternal health is not an isolate issue, it can involve: lack of education, self-careless, bad nutrition, poor abilities to communicate and low accessibility to health system. So, the core of the solution could be awareness and education in order that moms-to-be, midwives, health system and the whole community work together to improve their condition. This proposal is kind of wrap-up from different concepts proposed before that can work together and focused on rural areas.

Photo of Tania Jiménez
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SUBTITLE: Call Mother Mati for A Trusted Voice.  Follow her picture book for a healthy Mother and Baby.
SUMMARY: Linking picture flipbook, an automated phone messaging service and an automated SMS service to assist mothers and midwives to take simple steps to prevent major causes of maternal mortality.

SUBTITLE: Call Mother Mati for A Trusted Voice. Follow her picture book for a healthy Mother and Baby. SUMMARY: Linking picture flipbook, an automated phone messaging service and an automated SMS service to assist mothers and midwives to take simple steps to prevent major causes of maternal mortality.

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