Updated Sep 05, 2019

ACT! Accelerated Care and Treatment for Mothers and Neonates in Tanzania

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TanzaniaSEE LESS

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Innovation Description

VSO is scaling up an innovative program that accelerates the reduction of maternal and neonatal deaths in Tanzania. Leveraging on VSO’s experience piloting and its extensive technical volunteer network, the main elements to the program are: (1) scale up screening and referral of at risk neonates through the use of Newborn Triage Checklist (NTC) to assess neonates during their first 48 hours and make speedy referrals if needed;(2) establishing low cost Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at regional and district hospitals for care and management of at risk neonates; (3) in collaboration with GE health care and IHI, integrating early screening of at risk pregnancies through the use of the portable V-scans (ultra-portable ultrasound device) to support management of emergency obstetrics care through a private sector collaboration with GE Healthcare; and (4) leveraging an SMS platform (mHealth) to remind pregnant women of their Antenatal Care (ANC) visits or appointments and to screen neonates during the first 28 days with a simple checklist for mothers.


May 2015
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
Implemented InTanzania
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