Innovation “CHN on the Go” App to reduce maternal and newborn mortality

The App would help to improve communication, enhance feedback, and give motivation to the nurses.

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The Ghana Health Service together with Grameen foundation has invented an App which seeks to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in rural areas.

The Community Health Nurses “CHN on the Go” health officials explained is a Smartphone application that creatively uses technology to improve social support, career development and reach out to more health workers stationed in the countryside where many facilities are often lacking.

Dr Boateng Boakye, Special Assistant to the Director-General of Ghana Health Service, said the invention of the app sought to offer quality health service to newly born babies, pregnant women, and children under five.

UNICEF estimates that about a million babies are born every year in Ghana out of which thirty thousand die before reaching 30 days of life.

 The App would help to improve communication, enhance feedback, and give motivation to the nurses.

This new arrangement is also to address myriad of problems facing the rural nurse, including resource constraints, lack of adequate facilities, supplies, lack of professional development opportunities and little support.

The Grameen Foundation, developers of the app, said it was launched as a pilot project in July 2014, and being tried in five districts in the Volta and Greater-Accra regions, reaching out to 363 CHNs and their supervisors.

Rural nurses face a wide range of barriers, ranging from trekking long distances to visit patients being isolated in remote areas, and have limited access to important health information.

It will also support mobile nurses to improve their knowledge with the use of visual aids to engage patients.

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