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Empowering women starts with children's health

Health has always been a challenging issue among the African children,despite free medical hospitals, it is never enough of a resource. 

Mothers sacrifice a huge amount of their time trying to take care of their household most importantly children, and when children keep falling sick due to lack of important vaccine in life,  time mothers could utilise in engaging in small economic activities to sustain them, they take care of the ailing children.  

How could digital technologies provide a solution to this challenge?

Providing digital information and making every household access medical information from the home, mothers will be equipped with information to nurture the health of their children.  For example,  if a mother can access vital children's dietry needs or what vaccines to be provided at what age, and the options of geting them where, life would be so easy and time wasted otherwise will not only yield healthier children but also empowered women in the society.  

edited on 17th December 2018, 09:12 by Charles Clerck

BHUVANA K.B 2 months ago

Nice idea Shaheen. Digital information should be shared by whom? What point of time? How to make it more personalised messages to these women? What kind of women led start ups can be encouraged in Africa to support and sustain economic activities? Actually in the African renewal there is an article November 2018

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shaheen Chandbhai 2 months ago

Community women empowerment teams should start with expectant mothers, train them by providing a tab for example to access articles on good health of unborn baby wil the age of like 5..sensitize these women on what and how they can access the digital world of information. We can start with working on a special phone application that contains all these information relevant to a certain country like for example in Kenya we have the routine vaccines for babies to the age of 5,pre and post natal information etc... Once we design such a tailored made health information package we can actually teach these women n help them download it on their phones and keep accessing to these information etc.. In a nutshell healthy mothers healthy babies healthy society!

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BHUVANA K.B 2 months ago

This is good plan. So can we link this to idea posted by my "public engagement in education". Is it only mother or whole family?

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shaheen Chandbhai 2 months ago

I would suggest the mother in the initial stages of introduction.

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BHUVANA K.B 2 months ago

Regarding economic activities? What kind of women led start ups u can think of? What could work best, in your opinion?

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shaheen Chandbhai 2 months ago

Dependinf on the community..most African women are gifted with talents..for example making ornaments out of beads etc

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Osu 2 months ago

There's the cultural barrier issues as well preventing some women from doing this. Women here are sensitised right from the start of their pregnancy if they are registered with a clinic. What will be important is follow up if the mothers do the needful

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shaheen Chandbhai 2 months ago

Thats the problem..they hardly register themselves in any clinic and if they do then there is alot of lapse of information. We are talking here of rural women who view pregnancy jst like any normal household routine..most of them own smart phones due to popularity but hardly know its efficiency in accessing endles informations.

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Osu 2 months ago

Given the peculiarity of each area for example I work and live in a rural area and most of the women do not own smartphones. To bridge the information gap for an area like mine, the primary care health center should be made to provide teaching workshop for pregnant women and even young girls. Through this digital skills can be passed along but then they must be literate enough to read and comprehend. With time the women will become aware and spread the word around amidst themselves.

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BHUVANA K.B 2 months ago

Yes I agree. Adolescent aged group could also be targeted for education on sexual health.Here in India we say them as booked case. Antenatal checkups, they are supposed to have periodically.

Those who are working for maternal and child health needs to be involved.

PHCs workforce should be strengthened. Ratio of health care providers, non physician health workers and subjects needs to be improved. Here Governance, policy makers has a role to play to consider this.

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shaheen Chandbhai 2 months ago

Absolutely true Osu!! The intial stage has to be thru a medium of like a centre...with centralized point through which all informstion and progress of the project shall be accessed. Thank you! Bdw which area are you so familar with? Maybe you could input more insights !

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Charles Clerck 2 months ago

Status label added: Good idea

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Charles Clerck 3 weeks ago

Not directly linked to your post Shaheen, but wanted to bring to your attention this article from the UK Guardian newspaper - https://www.theguardian.com/global-developmen...-clinics-zambia

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lauren clarke 2 weeks ago

Status label added: 1st Submission Bronze Trophy

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