DocmeUP, Prenatal care for communities

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DocmeUP, Prenatal care for communities: Prenatal care for communities and remote ultrasound imaging in Ghana

Capecoast, Ghanarural aresa between Accra and Capecoast, Ghana
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Prenatal care in rural communities in lowincome countries is not optimal. With the aim of increasing number of ANC visits, reducing home deliveries, and supplementing care given by ANC clinics, a project called DocmeUP using low-cost mobile phones and portable ultrasound machines was piloted.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if this project could seriously increase the prenatal care in rural communities?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

WHO has recommended at least 4 antenatal care (ANC) visits and skilled attendants at birth. Most pregnant women in rural communities in lowincome countries, don't reach the minimum recommended visits and deliver without skilled attendants.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

With the aim of increasing number of ANC visits, reducing home deliveries, and supplementing care given by ANC clinics, a project called DocmeUP using low-cost mobile phones and portable ultrasound machines was piloted. Pregnant women from rural communities are followed. In each community, a health worker was trained and equipped with a mobile phone to promote ANC and hospital deliveries in her own community. If women cannot attend ANC, technicians acquired ultrasound scans in her community directly and sent them almost in real time to be analyzed by a gynecologist in an urban hospital. We showed that the proposed prenatal care system can make quality antenatal care accessible in rural communities where pregnant women had difficulties.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We detected some cases of breech delivery and one of extrauterine pregnancy, and 3 cases of pregnant women with hepatitis. Providing the best medical assistance that otherwise would not have happened. The health worker and mhealth solution is also making the people of the rural communities happier.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The proposed prenatal care approach proved to signi cantly increase ANC attendance and hospital deliveries. In fact, 62.5% of pregnant women included in the project had their labor attended by professional birth attendants in clinics or hospitals as against 34.5% among cases not supported by the project and and 37.5% obtained in a pre-survey phase. Cases of ectopic and breech pregnancies were detected and appropriate medical interventions were sought.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

We could cover the entire Ghana or even other countries bringing innovation in health care, in particular in prenatal care.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The project has been so far funded by ETH-Zurich and AIMS-Ghana. We applied to some Grants to scale up at national level. We are seeking for investments.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

To the best of our knowledge no other settings is using remote ultrasound scans directly in the rural communities using mhealth solutions
Team

Founding Story

Dr.Alessandro Crimi from ETH-Zurich was teaching a course at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Ghana. With the idea of creating a cooperation between AIMS-Ghana and ETH-Zurich we started a research project to help pregnant women in rural areas using new technologies

Team

Benjamin Amoah Evelyn Anto Prince Osei Kojo Pieterson

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