The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Monday, May 16 • 14:00 - 14:45
Designing a Mobile Partograph for Safer Maternal Deliveries LIMITED

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Prolonged and obstructed labor is one of the leading causes of maternal and newborn mortality. The partograph, a one-page paper form, has been universally recommended by WHO since 1994 as an effective tool for the early detection of complications during labor, thereby reducing prolonged labor, intrapartum stillbirths, and emergency caesarean sections. While it has been hailed as a highly effective, low-cost method of reducing maternal and fetal mortality, the adoption of the partograph remains low in low-resource settings despite decades of training and investment. Health providers find the graph format and its instructions too complex to follow.

To address these challenges, Dimagi developed a mobile application version of the partograph, called "mLabour," built on Dimagi's mHealth platform, CommCare. Designed to significantly reduce health workers' workload, mLabour - piloted in India in early 2015 at the Abdul Hakeem Centenary Hospital - features built-in clinical protocols that detect and manage abnormal labor progress, automatic graphing, reminders to conduct timely patient exams, messaging capabilities to notify staff of emergency cases, and web-based reports for supervisors and administrators. Initial results showed a reduction in the number of patients who were neglected (100% births had a mobile partograph completed, compared to 12.5% on paper) and in follow-up time.

In this presentation, Dimagi's Carla Legros will describe the process of designing and developing the mLabour application and present the evaluation methodologies and results that came out of the pilot. Participants will learn about the unique challenges and considerations that come with designing and piloting ICT tools for intrapartum care in low-resource clinical settings.

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Carla Legros

Project Manager, Dimagi
Carla Legros is a Project Manager at Dimagi and has worked on over 10 ICT4D projects in Africa, developing and supporting clients in launch mobile tools for health services. Primarily her work has been in nutrition, designing applications to screen, treat and provide recommendations... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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