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South Africa: MomConnect to Link Expectant Mums with Vital Information
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Aug 28, 2014

Through MomConnect, all the registered pregnant women will receive “sms” messages appropriate to their stage of pregnancy.
These messages will advise them as to what to do at any stage of their pregnancy.
It will also encourage them to start ante-natal care early, test for things like hypertension, HIV and Aids and diabetes very early in their pregnancy as well as emphasise preventing mother to child transmission at 14 weeks.
The minister said the project will ensure that pregnant women are not just passive recipients of healthcare but active participants in claiming healthcare from public health facilities.
“The women will also be able to send us sms messages at no cost to themselves (as a please call me), to inform us of their concerns and experiences in our healthcare facilities.”
He said the campaign will be taken to all districts to inform nurses that pregnant women will have the power to demand good treatment.
The minister warned health workers that the implications of MomConnect are that they will be faced with one million connected women.
After delivering their babies, new moms will continue to get SMS messages for up to a year.
“Only that this time, the “sms” messages will include advice on the baby – like exclusive breastfeeding, immunisation, family planning for the mother, oral rehydration during diarrhoea, check-up periods at the clinic etc,” explained Minister Motsoaledi.
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