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Tuesday, May 17 • 10:45 - 11:30
Challenges in Implementing National mHealth Solutions: The MomConnect Experience FILLING

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MomConnect is a South African National Department of Health (DOH) mHealth initiative that was launched in August 2014. The project aims to:-

· Register pregnant women into an electronic database connected to a national health information exchange,

· Send these women stage-based SMS messages for the duration of their pregnancy and up to 1 year after the birth of the child,

· Allow these women to ask questions about their pregnancy and childcare-related health issues and to provide feedback on the quality of care received,

· Provide nurses and midwives, who are providing maternal and infant services, with cell phone based support and relevant messages related to their work.

As of August 2015, over 500,000 women throughout South Africa had been registered on MomConnect and were receiving messages. Through the implementation of the project, the South African National Department of Health, and its partners have overcome many issues related to effective scaling of the project, stakeholder engagement and interoperability. The Department of Health has also started to use data from the MomConnect system to improve aspects of the health system. This presentation provides an overview of the MomConnect project, and highlights important elements contributing its successful nationwide scaling, including leadership, wide-scale partner buy-in, appropriate technical solutions and linkage with other initiatives. The presentation also details issues which still need to be overcome.


Dr. Antonio Fernandes

Momconnect project manager, South Africa National Department of Health
Dr Antonio Fernandes is a Medical doctor and epidemiologist who is the project manager of the South African Department of Health's MomConnect project. He has significant experience in implementing health information systems through his work at the state information technology agency... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:45 - 11:30 EAT
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