App to help pregnant women monitor health

A new mobile app that will help pregnant and lactating women monitor their health was launched here on Friday.

The 'mHealth’ mobile application aims to  provide users access to pre and post-natal services to around 42,700 households in 17 slums across Bengaluru.

Counselling messages

Mothers will also receive counselling messages with multimedia features through the app.

“mHealth is a big step in ensuring good quality maternal, child health and immunisation services in the centre as well as  at the field level,” said Dr Veena, Medical Officer at the Primary Health Centre, Gangondanahalli, Bengaluru.

In the initial phase, the app will be used for a pilot study  by 12 Junior Health Assistants and 24 Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers from three Primary Health Centres, covering Gangondanahalli, Avalahalli and Pantharpalya wards.

 “On the basis of a review of this programme’s impact on the existing health system on maternal and child health, this mobile application could be scaled up to 198 wards in Bengaluru in close coordination and partnership with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP),” said Mathai Kutty from World Vision India.

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