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Social Innovation: Mobile Phones Helping to Fight Stillbirths in Africa. #mobile #africa #mhealth

Social Innovation: Mobile Phones Helping to Fight Stillbirths in Africa. #mobile #africa #mhealth

Through social innovation, the text message is now a message of hope to women in Africa who suffer from fistula, one of the biggest challenges facing maternal health in this region. It affects more than 2.5 million young women and is a debilitating condition that causes millions of stillbirths across this continent. Thankfully, it could be eradicated in Tanzania in just four years. Almost 3,000 Tanzanian women annually suffer obstetric fistula during lengthy or obstructed labour. In almost 95% of cases the baby dies. These women are then often stigmatised by their families, who say it is 'witchcraft' and throw the women out of their homes because they do not understand the condition. These women are then ignored within society. There are some women in their 70s and 80s who have lived with the condition for more than 40 or 50 years. Obstetric fistula is rare in the western ...

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