Where It Began,Where we are Heading to
Maternal related deaths continue to take away thousands of mothers and their babies in sub saharan Africa region. This is simply due to lack of grassroot systems for responding to the maternal unwellness and issues as they arise . This is due to stretched healthcare systems where there are inadequate number of nurses and doctors at the primary health structures and the few available are usually overloaded at the hospitals.As pregmum ,we provide a grass-root platform for detecting maternal and child health issues as they arise and relaying them to the appropriate medical and health care agencies for specific help.After winning a maternal-child health hackathon organized on August 2016 by Villgro Kenya,the team was awarded $1000 prize money . This was to help bring the team together and develop the very first prototype of the pregmum medical device and platform . Of the key issues we sought to address were under staffing, long waiting queues in maternity and antenatal units ,distant hospital facilities from the homesteads and low socioeconomic status of the women in the rural areas of Kenya.
While we keep going back to establish the problems impeding safe motherhood in Kenya, lack of grassroots support systems for mothers remain the denominator of the problems. We are currently in the final phase of product development and we are hopeful that this product will help monitor health status of our mothers at the comfort of their villages enabling them to attend to hospital during the scheduled visits and when necessary. The proposed Pregmum device system is solution with user-friendly IOT-enabled maternal monitor for remote monitoring. Using PregMum device,the community health workers and even volunteers at grassroot level can help detect any life-threatening maternal issues and in virtual collaboration with health experts , be able to initiate lifesaving measures.
The use of pregmum device system will have massive benefits to the community health workers,mothers and the nurses at the hospitals through reduced maternal deaths, reduced fetal and neonatal deaths, increased hospital deliveries ,increased collaboration between primary health care workers and medical experts at secondary and tertiary levels of care ,reduced overcrowding at hospitals among many others social benefits. This product need to be availed for the primary health care structures soonest time possible because mothers are continually struggling to survive through motherhood while others are uncertain if their lives will taken away by birth-related ordeals. If we strengthen the primary health structures which is relied upon by mothers during 60 % of their critical time, then we will help save costs of care, lives and optimize quality of mothrhood. We are seeking partnership with research institutions and community organizations working in Maternal child health space including Villgro Kenya , ILabAfrica ,Nailab,Strathmore University,County Governments,ConcernWorldwide and Amref Kenya for successful implementation of the proposed solution.