In honor of World Prematurity Day, today we’re following the story of one woman’s journey to have a safe pregnancy to deliver a healthy full-term baby. Meet Mariam, a 23-year-old pregnant woman from Mali, a country where 84,000 babies are born too soon every year and 9,170 children under five die due to preterm complications according to the latest country data on world prematurity. This is part two of a four-part series. Follow the whole series here.
Mariam begins to feel consistent aches toward the bottom of her abdomen. However, she is unsure whether she should begin preparing for labor and traveling to her nearest clinic. Could it just be a false alarm?
Across the developing world, cell phones are more common than toilets. Health innovation and technology aim to bring vital maternal health information to mothers like Mariam when they need it most. Programs like MomConnect connect mothers to tailored health information that gives them the knowledge to make their own informed health decisions surrounding their pregnancy and childbirth. Luckily, Mariam decides to trust her instincts and heads to her local health facility.
Innovative partnerships have played a major role in improving maternal and newborn health outcomes globally. A few of these include:
- Every Preemie-SCALE consortium
- Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS)
- Health and Microfinance Alliance
- Survive & Thrive Global Development Alliance
- H6 Partnership
MORE: how community systems can come together to help moms for pre and post natal care.
Lead image: Moms-to-be Eunice, Evelyn, and Kgomotso receive health information via text throughout their pregnancy now that they are enrolled in South Africa’s MomConnect mobile health program.