MomCare supports mothers on their care journey with a digitally enabled contract. Women get the power to monitor their journey using their mobile phone, and money is only distributed to the provider once care is given. Currently well over 20,000 women in Kenya and Tanzania are connected through MomCare. The initiative is showing overall increase in the quantity and quality of antenatal care visits and skilled deliveries, both which are key for improving maternal health outcomes.
Mark van der Graaf, director Digital Health at PharmAccess: ‘’We are delighted to receive recognition for MomCare with the CWDHA award. The technological revolution happening all over the world creates opportunities to improve the lives of pregnant women and empowers people to take charge of their own health. Awarding this prize to initiatives like MomCare and co-winner Together for Her will help us move faster.”
The theme of the Awards this year is ‘Towards Connected Health’ and focuses on low cost, highly effective solutions that deserve to be developed, or are ready to be scaled quickly. MomCare received the first prize in the Maternal and Neonatal Health category and is selected for its (potential) contribution towards uplifting the health of people and in streamlining health care processes. The Maternal and Neonatal Health category was the most popular and most competitive, with other submissions coming from Ministries of Health, the European Union and many others.
PharmAccess shares its award with ‘Together for Her’, an Indian maternal healthcare organization. MomCare is developed and rolled out thanks to generous support and donations from i.a. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, MSDforMothers, ELMA Foundation and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).
The Awards are organized by the Commonwealth Center for Digital Health in partnership with ITU, Janssens, BMJ, Analogy Partners, European Connected Health Alliance (ECHA) and Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (HISSL. To learn more about the award and the winners visit the CWDHA website and read the official announcement here.