The Ghana Mobile Technology for Community Health (MOTECH Ghana) initiative is a collaboration between Grameen Foundation and Ghana Health Service to increase the quantity and quality of antenatal and neonatal care in Ghana, especially in rural areas. MOTECH was developed in 2009 through a collaboration of Grameen Foundation, the Ghana Health Service and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Under MOTECH Ghana, two mobile applications were developed to improve access to maternal health education. The Mobile Midwife Application enables pregnant women, new mothers and their families to receive SMS and/or voice messages that provide time-specific information about their pregnancies and childcare each week. Community nurses use the Nurses Application to collect patient data and upload records to a centralized database, enabling them to track the care of their patients and identify those who are due for care.
Building on the program’s initial success, Grameen Foundation and Ghana Health Service are expanding MOTECH to new regions. Generous support for this phase is provided by the Saving Lives at Birth Partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the World Bank. The two MOTECH applications will be available in five languages in four regions of Ghana.
For a detailed summary of the program and lessons learned, read our MOTECH in Ghana Report (PDF).