Not-for-profitYear launched: 2011
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Emergency care
- Maternal, newborn and child health
SummaryThe Safer Deliveries Program in Zanzibar, Tanzania is a project by D-Tree International in collaboration with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Jhpiego and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program provides birth attendants or midwives with mobile phones loaded with an application that aid
This program was created to reduce the "3 delays" in care seeking behavior for pregnant women:
- The delay to seek care
- The delay in reaching care
- The delay in receiving adequate health care
The program aims to significantly improve rates of women who deliver in facilities.
Key program components
Through this program traditional birth attendants (TBAs) and community health workers (CHWs) are equipped with mobile phones loaded with an application to register and screen pregnant and postpartum women and their newborns. This tool includes a step by step protocol to identify danger signs during labor and delivery. When a high risk pregnancy is identified the tool provides the birth attendant with the number of local vehicle owners who can transport the patient on an emergency basis. These drivers have already negotiated prices in advance for the routes to health facilities and mobile money is already loaded to the birth attendents phone for transfer so that transportation can occur as quickly as possible.
To date, 225 health workers have registered over 15,000 women in the program and we have seen facility delivery rates increase from the lowest baseline of 40% (Pemba) to 77%.
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