Danish Safe Delivery App launched to combat about 30,000 infant mortality rate in Ghana due to complications related to birth and pregnancy.
Every year 30,000 infants lose their lives due to complications related to birth or pregnancies – and this is in Ghana alone. A new application for smartphones aims to lower this number significantly. This alarming rate has led a team to develop The Safe Delivery App.
At an event on Wednesday 6 December hosted by Maternity Foundation, UNFPA and the Embassy of Denmark in Ghana, the smartphone application “The Safe Delivery App” was launched.
The event was attended by 44 midwives, doctors, other health staff, representatives of the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, CHAG, and civil society organizations in the health sector and offered an intensive thorough introduction to the application.
“There is not always a trained midwife in the village and maybe not even a nurse. Therefore you send the women on because people are not able to handle the birth locally, but sending a pregnant woman, who is bleeding, to hospital hours away, is almost the same as sending a woman to death. With this birth app you can just avoid sending the women on,” says Anna Cecilia Frellsen, CEO of Maternity Foundation.
The application works by letting pregnant women, midwives or anyone else get access to download several simple instructions that are aimed to help solve some of the most common issues connected to pregnancies and births.
The application downloads content whenever your phone is connected to the internet so that people will be able to access the information even in parts of Ghana where internet connection is unstable.
More access to phones
The idea to utilize mobile phone technology with the health sector is nothing new, but the demand and more importantly the effect of this technology has increased dramatically in later years. A decade ago only 1/5 people in the world had access to a mobile device, but in 2017 around half the world’s population has access to one.
The free smartphone application, developed by the University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark and Maternity Foundation, provides immediate access to evidence-based information on basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care.