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Vandana commented on Hack to the (safer) future!

Great idea Agnes! I think this is an excellent idea and we need innovative, holistic solutions to improve our cities for women, girls and communities at large. I love that women and girls will be designing the solutions, brilliant!

This project looks very exciting, creatively integrating mobile technology and maternal health provides many opportunities to address the important issues of maternal health, prevention and reproductive health at large. I would like to share a complementary case study from UNFPA titled "Mobile Reproductive Health Clinics Make Motherhood Safer in Remote Lao Villages" (http://www.unfpa.org/news/news.cfm?ID=595&Language=1).

While mobile phones provide an innovative approach to the demand side of material health, making the supply side mobile as well is another important aspect of this work. Particularly for rural areas, where local women may have to walk for many hours to reach health clinics and obtain reproductive health services, the mobile health clinic in Lao was able to easily reach many pregnant women and provide quality health services. It would be amazing if this project could find a way to combine the use of mobile phones with something like the mobile health clinic project.
 
I would also like to highlight the project in Lao worked in a holistic way, providing training for schoolteachers to teach students about sexual and reproductive health, population issues, life skills and drug abuse prevention, working working with the ministry of health as well as at the local level on supplies and logistics support to make family planning available in 700 health centres throughout the country.

I look forward to seeing how this project develops and what innovative approaches will be used to improve material health in the countries you will work in. Great work!
Vandana