With 5 km to the nearest health facility, poor road infrastructure and poverty prevailing, pregnant women in Cameroon still do not access lifesaving health care services on time. High infant and maternal mortality rates tell the story. In an urge to empower women to take informed decisions about their pregnancy, actively seek antenatal and postnatal care services and improve referral processes, the Cameroonian idea builds upon the cornerstones of community health, while embracing new information and communication technologies (ICT).
Happy Mothers – an expression of the ultimate vision of the Country Unit – is an ICT based tool, that will support community health workers in their daily work with women and children in the communities, improve communication and referral between communities and health facilities and provide policy makers with information necessary for decision making. The integrated solution –elaborated with the multi-disciplinary and multi-national team of the Innovation Factory- looks at the health system in its entirety and addresses the chain of health services from community all the way to policy makers’ level. The whole approach is planned to be supported through evidence based community data for a better decision making and the inclusion of traditional birth attendants which are playing an important role in Cameroon as well.
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