We were excited to see Jacaranda’s maternity in Ruiru on the BBC.
In a story entitled “Can a phone replace the doctor in Kenya?”, BBC Click featured Baby Monitor, a project run by Population Council and carried out in partnership with Jacaranda’s nurses and maternity.
Baby Monitor is a mHealth innovation seeking to connect pregnant women in underserved areas to care via mobile phone, as many women in Kenya are more likely to have access to a mobile signal than to a health provider. Baby Monitor uses interactive voice response (IVR) technology to call expectant and postpartum mothers screening them for dangerous complications which lead to maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. As Baby Monitor is currently in the formative stages, researchers from the Population Council are conducting a study to refine systems and clinical screening protocols. The Population Council is collaborating with Jacaranda Health nurses to conduct in-person clinical assessments after participants complete mobile screening at crucial antenatal and postnatal time points. The nurses provide a gold standard of care that the phone system results can be measured against.
Keep an eye out for Jacaranda nurse Dorothy Njeru!