NORSAAC and Ghana Health Service Present Mid-Term Evaluation Results of the Safe Delivery App to Stakeholders in Accra
Story by Issah Aminu Danaa (M&E Manager, NORSAAC)
The Safe Delivery App is a smartphone application that provides skilled birth attendants with direct and instant access to evidence-based and up-to-date clinical guidelines on Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care. The App leverages the growing ubiquity of mobile phones to provide life-saving information and guidance through easy-to-understand animated instruction videos, action cards and drug lists. NORSAAC, GHS and Maternity Foundation piloted the Safe Delivery App in the Northern Region. Fifty-eight midwives from four districts in the region participated in the training of the application. The midwives were selected from the Tamale Metro, Kumbungu, Savelugu and Tolon Districts.
Three month after the training of the mid wives on the app, NORSAAC and GHS conducted a mid-term evaluation of the project. The results show that the midwives increased their knowledge on complicated childbirth and antenatal care by 40%. Management of Prolonged Labour recorded the largest increase (95%) in knowledge at the mid-term evaluation. In addition, the midwives also reported increased confidence in managing cases at their facilities.
“The safe Delivery App has helped me at my job especially in the management of cases such as hypertensive disorders, AMTSL, neonatal resuscitation. I need further clarification on the manual removal of the placenta”– Suweiba Umar (Midwife, Dalun Health Centre, Kumbungu District)
These findings were presented to stakeholders at the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), Accra. In attendance were the staff of UNFPA, CHAG, the national leadership of Nurses and Midwifery Council of Ghana, Ghana Health Service, the Embassy of Denmark, Maternity Foundation (Denmark) and NORSAAC.