By Marc Mitchell - President and Founder, D-tree International
I want to thank the many supporters who have contributed to our web campaign on GlobalGiving. I thought you might be interested in the preliminary results from this project which we have just put together. For those of you who have already contributed, THANK YOU. For those of you who have not yet contributed, the deadline for this campaign is April 30, and your contribution will help continue the work outlined below.
With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, D-tree International successfully implemented a pilot project in Zanzibar Tanzania to achieve safer deliveries. The project was begun in November 2011 and uses an open source mobile health (mHealth) application to reduce the informational, logistical, and financial barriers to in-facility births and post-partum care. The project has trained 24 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) from the pilot areas of North A District and Micheweni District in the use of the mHealth application. The TBAs successfully registered 682 pregnant mothers, of which 211 delivered during this period. Between November 2011 and April 2012, health facilities and hospitals in the project areas saw their in-facility delivery rates more than double on average. Additionally, there were no maternal deaths recorded among the registered mothers.
For information on preliminary results and the stories of 2 mothers benefiting from this project, please read the attached document.
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