A cost-effective link between physicians and rural pregnant women by providing the service in the location women naturally congregate

Organization: 
Ifakara Health Institute(IHI)
Organization Location: 
Bagamoyo, Tanzania

Due to a healthcare shortage in Tanzania, rural pregnant women are often seen by healthcare staff with little training. We will connect rural women to physicians through a portable health clinic during traditional village market days.  The clinic transmits the patients’ basic information as well as blood pressure and weight change to a central location.  During the patient’s visit, a physician reviews the patients’ record and patient assessment by  local healthcare workers (HCW). The physician’s notes are printed. Local facilities able to provide basic emergency obstetric care will be posted in highly visible areas around the portable clinic. We create a cost-effective link between physicians and rural pregnant women by providing the service in the location women naturally congregate.  By providing care on market days, we can improve the quality of care and supervision at a low cost.  Even rural women from the poorest households depend on market days to sell and buy food - making these locations and timing particularly equitable, affordable.  Capitalizing on traditional travel patterns and telemedicine to provide rural pregnant women with access to a physician’s supervision of her case.  

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