Wednesday, 19 February 2014

"Info Bidan" - How a Simple Text Can Save Lives

This video illustrates how a simple SMS based technology, in a pilot project called "Info Bidan" which simply means Information for Midwives, has helped 200 midwives in remote villages in Pemalang and West Lombok provide health care information to and improve their counselling with their community. 

This was the fruit of collaboration between UNICEF, Ministry of Health, Nokia and PT XL Axiata. Thanks to the three text messages that they received every week for a year, the midwives were proved to have enhanced their knowledge. And in turn, they had also improved their patients' knowledge on important health issues ranging from nutrition, safe pregnancy and delivery, to early child development.