How Digital Health Platforms Connect Women to Maternal Health Services

In 2017, Fistula Care Plus (FC+) partnered with Viamo to provide a free phone hotline that screens women for fistula in Nigeria and Uganda. This blog describes how the program was designed and implemented.

Using interactive voice response (IVR) technology via mobile devices, a caller could flash into a toll-free number and receive a call back. The IVR algorithm screened women for fistula and provided recorded messages about how and where to get treatment. FC+ launched this hotline to target particularly hard-to-reach women living with fistula who have not been reached through existing community outreach efforts. The hotline is available in English, Igbo, Hausa, and Pidgin in Nigeria, and Luganda in Uganda.

Source: EngenderHealth

Date of Publication: January 8, 2020

Medical Aid Films

Medical Aid Films aims to save the lives of vulnerable women and children in the developing world by providing innovative education and training through film.

The company produces resource-appropriate films to support skilled health worker training and community health education – used by over 1,300 organisation in 80 countries worldwide, and reaching more than 1 million people each year.

This web page lists all of the organization’s films.

Source: Medical Aid Films

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019

Radio Jingles for Bilharzia Communication Campaign, Uganda

The Bilharzia Communication Campaign ran in Uganda from 2017-2018. The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness about Bilharzia, build a sense of vulnerability, and encourage practices to avoid infection.

Part of the campaign involved radio talk shows, radio skits, and jingles. These jingles include a catchy tune about stopping Bilharzia interspersed with spoken instructions about how to prevent it.

Source: Ministry of Health, Uganda

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019