"Save the Baby" Global Data Commons for Baby Care by Save the Baby 2.0
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In response to one of the comments of how it could benefit developing countries and the challenges of mobile phone technology and digital data, the answer isn't that every mother in a remote area should have a phone and knows how to use the application. This technology in the hands of community health workers would make a big difference until such time as users can enter the data themselves.
It's also applicable in disaster events because of the well defined target group and the direct, indirect and secondary or cascading impacts disaster events have on mothers and children.
Its application goes beyond disaster situations and more into chronic problems related to health issues in communities in developing countries.
An ambitious idea but workable with the right support. The challenge will be the resources required for constant update and managing the system in any given country so that it doesn't become redundant after the initial investment in the set up or pilot stage. Developed countries can earmark funding and integrate such methods into their health care systems. Developing countries are a different story. But that doesn't detract from the viability of the proposal. Long-term feasibility and sustainability is what would determine long-term impact and benefit.
Digital health records are a common idea although bringing the target population directly into the system is a good way forward. There are other systems using smart phones that offer rewards for registering and enable accountability of support systems to be monitored. For instance, bringing a baby into a clinic to be weighed is recorded while at the clinic--with the smart phone GIS validating the mother and child's presence. A reward for meeting say 10 appointments could be included to keep the system up to date.
Overall nice idea, great presentation and would benefit from a few more steps in designing how the service would be marketed.
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