An mHealth strategy to reduce eclampsia and maternal and infant death in Tanzania (IMCHA)
In Tanzania, the maternal mortality rate of 454 deaths per 100,000 live births means that every hour, another woman dies in childbirth. Many of these deaths are avoidable if symptoms such as high blood pressure, known as eclampsia, and associated challenges arising during pregnancy, are recognized and treated. This requires trained birth attendants and appropriate equipment for early and accurate detection.
This project aims to test interventions that improve monitoring of pregnant women for pre-eclampsia and eclampsia - conditions that, if left untreated, can result in maternal and neonatal deaths. With the support of an existing mobile phone-based system, this project will provide education and practical skills to health workers for improved detection and management of these conditions. Mobile phones and other tools will capture and use real-time data related to maternal and child health.
The evidence generated from this project will provide a scientific basis for integrating a targeted mobile health (mHealth) strategy to improve education, detection and management of eclampsia and pre-eclampsia. Findings from the study are also expected to support sustainable strategies to scale up the intervention from the eight districts included in the study.
This project is part of the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) initiative a seven year, $CA36 million multi-donor partnership funded by Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Canada's International Development Research Centre.