Mobile for Mothers: Is a mobile application the way forward to improving safe motherhood? A quasi-experimental study in India

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Mobile for Mothers is a case management solution for Community Health Workers, Sahiyyas, in Jharkhand. It was developed by an Indian NGO- NEEDS with the support of Simavi, a Dutch NGO. The application works on Java-enabled phones and contains registration forms, checklists, danger sign monitoring and educational prompts. The knowledge products showcasing the study and results can be downloaded below.

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  • Small Grants

  • 2014

  • India

  • Maternal health

  • Share-Net Netherlands

  • English

  • Poster Presentation

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Poster one: Experiences of Sahiyyas with Mobile For Mothers in Jharkhand, India

A Mixed Methods Study: Utilization of Mobile Health Technology in Improving Knowledge and Health Seeking Behavior of Pregnant Women

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Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

Since its foundation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has stood for scientific and value-driven education, research and knowledge transfer. VU Amsterdam is a unique university with faculties in the humanities, STEM, social sciences and medical sciences. Their education and research are closely linked. The VU combines their top position in research with a strong social orientation, which has resulted in an excellent international reputation.

Network for Enterprise Enhancement and Development Support (NEEDS)

Established in late 1998 as trust, NEEDS [Network for Enterprise Enhancement and Development Support] have started intervention in selected poverty-stricken pockets of Bihar and Jharkhand. From their Trust, they have brought about a significant change in the lives of women and children in terms of food security, livelihood, reproductive health and hygiene and child development and protection outcomes besides the constitution and strengthening various institutional arrangements for sustainability. One of NEEDS important focuses is institutional arrangements in self-help collectives and their skill-building while creating a shared vision for change.


Simavi is an independent international non-profit organisation. With effective projects Simavi encourages girls and women to claim their human right to water and sanitation & equity, resulting in a physically, mentally and socially healthier society for everyone. Simavi – powerful women, healthy societies.