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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Thursday, May 19 • 12:15 - 13:00
Safer Deliveries: Integration of mHealth and mMoney LIMITED

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More than half of women in Zanzibar give birth at home, with facility delivery rates in some areas as low as 32%. Since 2011, the Safer Deliveries program has worked to increase facility deliveries in Zanzibar through a comprehensive program leveraging community health workers (CHWs), community drivers and health facility staff linked through integrated mobile health and mobile money systems. CHWs are trained to use a mobile application to register pregnant women and support them to develop a birth plan for a facility delivery. Community drivers transport women to health facilities during labor and are paid via mobile money, and CHWs communicate with health workers at facilities so they are prepared when the woman arrives. At the end of the second phase of the project in December 2014, the program increased rates of facility deliveries to 78% compared to a baseline estimate of 48%.

Currently the Safer Deliveries program is entering phase III with a focus on sustainability and government ownership. The current program is leveraging successes of previous phases, while developing systems to support women and families to save money for transportation and integrating mobile money and mobile technology platforms to support more efficient program management and administration. This presentation will discuss the evolution of the Safer Deliveries program and illustrate how mobile money and mobile health systems can be integrated to empower communities to improve maternal health outcomes.

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Erica Layer

Chief Program Officer, D-tree International
Erica Layer is the Chief Program Officer at D-tree International. She has over 10 years of experience designing, implementing and monitoring international health projects with a focus on digital health, maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS. At D-tree, Erica is responsible for standardization... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00 EAT
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