What is it about?

With the aim of increasing number of ANC visits, reducing home deliveries, and supplementing care given by ANC clinics, a proposed system based on low-cost mobile phones and portable ultrasound scan machines was piloted.

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Why is it important?

The World Health Organization has recommended at least four antenatal care (ANC) visits and skilled attendants at birth. Most pregnant women in rural communities in low-income countries do not achieve the minimum recommended visits and deliver without skilled attendants.

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: Our results show that the proposed prenatal care approach can make quality ANC accessible in rural communities where pregnant women have not been able to access proper ANC. Future mHealth intervention with more innovative approach should be carried out

Alessandro Crimi
Universitat Zurich

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This page is a summary of: Boosting antenatal care attendance and number of hospital deliveries among pregnant women in rural communities: a community initiative in Ghana based on mobile phones applications and portable ultrasound scans, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, June 2016, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1186/s12884-016-0888-x.
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