GetIN is a service that aims to reduce the number of maternal deaths with special focus on teenage pregnant girls in Uganda. GetIN Team believes strengthening the current community Health Followup system will have a positive impact on the maternal mortality rate in Uganda.
GetIN Team has designed a mobile App for Community Health workers and Midwives to register and followup pregnant women so that they can attend Antenatal Care. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends birth by skilled attendant to curb the high rate of maternal deaths.
In Uganda, approximately one-third of women give birth by age 18, and adolescents’ risks of maternal mortality, miscarriage and other pregnancy complications, such as obstetric fistula, are much higher than the risks among women in their twenties. Globally, childbirth is the second-leading cause of death for girls ages 15-19.
In rural areas of Uganda, only one-half of births occur in the presence of a skilled doctor, nurse or midwife, according to UNICEF. As a result, Ugandan women have a one-in-47 lifetime chance of dying as a result of childbirth – and many of those casualties are adolescent girls.
In an effort to drive down this high rate of maternal mortality, Team GetIN headed to Uganda’s rural Kanungu district to investigate how they could design an app that would improve the maternal care young women and health workers were able to receive and provide.
“For Accessible Teenage Maternal Health Care”