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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, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 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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Tuesday, May 17 • 14:00 - 14:45
Complications during Pregnancy in Uganda: Researching Socio-Cultural Drivers Using ICTs LIMITED

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Every day, nearly 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth across the globe, with more than half of these deaths occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa (WHO, 2015). Socio-cultural factors such as traditional beliefs about pregnancy, play an important role alongside biological/genetic factors and provision of healthcare, in maternal mortality rates. Beliefs, attitudes and norms influence local practices, and whether problematic symptoms are detected and appropriate timely healthcare is sought.
This presentation discusses the method and main findings of a pilot undertaken in 2015 by researchers from the Africa's Voices Foundation, University of Cambridge and Makarere University in Uganda, aimed at understanding the collective beliefs of women in the Central region of Uganda related to complications during and just after pregnancy.
Collaborating with local and national radio stations, we set up a series of interactive radio discussions featuring testimonials of women who had experienced pre-eclampsia. The discussions sparked the interest of diverse audiences who were invited to send their opinions via SMS to a toll-free number. The merits and limitations of combining mobile phones and old media (radio) to reach less accessible populations in the context of health research in Africa will also be discussed. Understanding the norms and beliefs held by different groups and communities is crucial to shape context-specific health interventions focused on improving the quality of medical and social support for Ugandan women during pregnancy.

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Dr. Claudia Lopes

Head of Research and Innovation, Africa's Voices Foundation
Claudia is Head of Research at Africa's Voices Foundation, a spin-out from the University of Cambridge, UK. Claudia has several years of experience working in Africa on research projects related to new technologies and radio audiences interactivity. She is trained as social psychologist and holds a PhD in Social Research Methods from the LSE.

Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
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