MATERNAL HEALTH CHALLENGE; GHANA
PROVEN INTERVENTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED
Learn more about the Maternal Health Challenge and how the distribution of Misoprostol, a $3 drug that can prevent maternal deaths from postpartum hemorrhage, could save thousands of lives.
DISTRIBUTION MODEL INNOVATION
In Ghana, the maternal mortality rate stands at 322 deaths for every 100,000 live births. Excessive bleeding after childbirth, known as postpartum hemorrhage, accounts for 25 percent of deaths. Excessive bleeding can be controlled if birth attendants are given the right training and access to medications like misoprostol.
Peach Health Technologies has developed a step-by-step solution to address the problem. First, they will create an electronic version of a misoprostol administering training guide on a mobile application called Peach. Peach is a mobile electronic medical records system with meaningful use designed specifically for developing countries. Community Health Officers (CHOs) in Ghana use Peach to collect patient information and follow-up with expectant mothers. CHOs who work with Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) will watch the training video to learn how to properly administer misoprostol. After CHOs have gone through their virtual training, they will each train a minimum of 5 TBAs in their district using the virtual program on their phones. CHOs will supply the TBAs with misoprostil and monitor its use. By using mobile phones, they will significantly reduce the cost of training and easily scale to reach every CHO with a phone.
PILOT AND SCALING GOALS
- Train 70 CHOs during the pilot
- Train 350 TBAs during the pilot
- Make 1,500 misoprostol tablets available during the pilot
- Serve 300 expectant mothers during the pilot
Cobby Amoah - Co-Founder and CEO
Kwame Akpalu - Software Developer
Humphrey Kanyoke - Business Development Manager
Caleb Oppong Wiafe - Pharmacist
Charles Kunene - Co-Founder and Product Designer