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Health topic Child mortality
Maternal mortality
Health classification Diagnosis
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Part of Global Health Medical Device Compendium
Type Medical equipment
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG03 Good health and well-being
SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors Eva Shiu
Published 2012
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
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Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

There are many barriers for mothers in rural and developing areas to travel far distances for antenatal, delivery, and postnatal care at health clinics. As a consequence, these types of services are often neglected, putting the mother and child at higher risk for complications during delivery, often resulting in preventable adverse health outcomes for mothers and their newborns.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

Baby Monitor is an interactive voice response mobile application that. It allows an efficient clinical assessment and method of healthcare delivery for mothers and their infants in resource-poor settings without depending upon experienced healthcare workers. What is unique about this mobile app is that it focuses on reaching women and their children directly, making patients the end-users, instead of community health workers. The system, operated through a key press, can automatically initiate several processes, including sending health information to mothers when everything is okay, making referrals to clinics, or sending community health workers to intervene when required. The system also creates medical records and conducts follow-ups to ensure that patients received the care they needed.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: This product was designed by Population Council, an international, nongovernmental and nonprofit organization based in New York, New York. The Population Council partnered with InSTEDD, a developer of open-source software tools.

When and where it was tested/implemented[edit | edit source]

Phase I and II of the prevention trials will be conducted in western Kenya.

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

This device was funded by the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge.

References[edit | edit source]

Other internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Population Council. (2012). Baby Monitor: Connecting Women and Infants to Care--Information Sheet. [Brochure]. New York, NY: Population Council.

Population Council. (2011). Baby Monitor: Connecting Women and Infants to Care—How it Works. New York, NY: Population Council.

Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge Results Announced in Washington, DC. (n.d.). InSTEDD: Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters. Retrieved October 15, 2012. Link available here.

Baby Monitor. (n.d.). Population Council: Research that Makes a Difference. Retrieved October 16, 2012. Link available here.

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Baby Monitor: Connecting women and infants to care. (2012, May 16). Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. Retrieved October 15, 2012. Link available here.

Giving Women a Voice in their Health. (2012, August 6). Ashoka: Changemakers. Retrieved October 16, 2012. Link available here.