Strengthening the information pregnant women and new mothers receive
In many of the countries where we work, maternal and neonatal mortality rates are very high. These deaths can be explained, among other reasons, by poor knowledge of women, their husbands, other family members and communities on the pregnancy and the appropriate behaviours during pregnancy, at birth and after birth.
Enfants du Monde has developed the free mobile application “My baby and me” to inform pregnant women and new mothers. “My baby and me” is currently available for Burkina Faso and Latin America.
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My baby and me
The My baby and me application gives expectant and new mothers easy access to reliable information on pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period, and on the precautions to take to protect themselves from COVID-19, so that they can adopt the right reflexes to safeguard their health and that of their baby.
It was first developed for use in Burkina Faso, in collaboration with:
- the Burkina Faso Ministry of Health,
- Incub@UO of the Joseph Ki-Zerbo University in Ouagadougou,
- IPC/BF, our national implementing partner (Private and Community Initiative for Health and the Response to HIV/AIDS in Burkina Faso),
- Terre Innovative Healthcare,
- HUG, Geneva University Hospitals.
More than 23,000 pregnant women, young mothers and their families in Burkina Faso have downloaded the app in 2021, in the districts of Zabré, Tenkodogo, Koupéla, Mangodara, Nongremassom, Sig nonghin, Boulmiougou and Bogodogo.
It has also been developed for El Salvador, in collaboration with:
- FUMA, Fundacion Maquilishuatl
- UCA, Universidad Centroamericana
An app adapted to local culture
“My baby and me” has been designed using images adapted to the local culture and audio messages in local languages. The app provides simple information on pregnancy, birth, the postnatal period and COVID-19. Specifically developed for women, it is accessible to the entire population.
The app can be used without an internet connection once downloaded: women living in isolated areas download it when they visit the health center, for example, and then consult it at home even without an internet connection. The application is available on the Google Play Store here. It does not collect any personal information.
Assets Women have friendly access to information concerning:
- The changes of their bodies during pregnancy and the small nuisances during and after pregnancy,
- the healthy behaviour during pregnancy and after pregnancy,
- physical and psychological birth preparedness and complication readiness,
- COVID-19 and maternal health.
- Notifications on care seeking are automatically generated and regularly displayed on the phone,
- the role of the woman’s companion as well as the one of the family is underlined,
- can be consulted off-line,
- free access,
- without advertisements,
- downloadable on all smartphones,
- does not require identification information and does not collect personal information,
- can be easily updated with evolving information, like it is the case with the COVID-19,
- can be locally adapted by changing the audios of local languages,
- can be used by community health workers for health education or as reference material.
- The application can be connected to health centres in order to send personalised messages on risks
or on medical appointments,
- a forum can be created where women can ask questions and receive answers from a trusted health
- new components such as family planning or in case of new epidemics, can be added,
- the application can be adapted to specific target groups such as couples or young pregnant women.
My donation makes a difference
I’m giving a booklet on childbirth and emergency preparedness to 250 pregnant women and young mothers in Burkina Faso.
I’m giving 232 women in Burkina Faso the Mon bébé et moi (My baby and me) application to track their pregnancies and identify danger signs for themselves and their babies.