Hesperian Foundation's 3 smartphone apps: Safe Abortion (SA); Safe Pregnancy and Birth; Family Planning

11 March, 2019

Dear all,

I write to let you know about three women's health mobile smartphone apps from the Hesperian Foundation that you and your organizations may find useful in your work. One focuses on Safe Abortion (SA) [https://hesperian.org/books-and-resources/safe-abortion-sa/]; one is on Safe Pregnancy and Birth [https://hesperian.org/books-and-resources/safe-pregnancy-and-birth-mobil... and one is being piloted on Family Planning [https://hesperian.org/books-and-resources/our-mobile-applications/]. They are downloadable now.

Women are healthier when they decide for themselves whether and when to have sex, to get pregnant, and to have children. Hesperian’s trusted reproductive health information, which women have relied on for decades, is now even more accessible as mobile apps. After downloading, these practical, multi-lingual apps operate entirely offline, without a data plan. Use them to help make decisions that ensure healthier outcomes for yourself, your sisters, and/or for the women you counsel.

Safe Abortion

MULTILINGUAL APP: English, Spanish, and French

This app provides comprehensive, user-friendly information on safe abortion, including a gestational calculator. To be used alone or shared by women, healthcare workers and women’s health advocates, this app is designed to ensure user privacy. Read more: https://hesperian.org/books-and-resources/safe-abortion-sa/

Safe Pregnancy & Birth

English, Spanish

This award-winning app on pregnancy and birth was developed for health educators and expecting mothers. Comprehensive, clear, and heavily illustrated, information addresses how to overcome risks and stay healthy during pregnancy, birth and afterwards. Read more: https://hesperian.org/books-and-resources/safe-pregnancy-and-birth-mobil...

Family Planning

MULTILINGUAL APP (BETA version): English, Spanish, French, and Swahili

Contact us for Apple (iOS) app@hesperian.org

This app describes a range of contraceptive options and includes a questionnaire to match them to a woman’s body, circumstances, and preferences. An interactive exercise helps develop birth control counseling skills. Complete and usable now, this beta version is being user-tested to improve it; to participate, email us at app@hesperian.org


Sarah Jane Holcombe

Sarah Jane Holcombe, PhD, MPH, MPPM

Associate Fellow, Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability

University of California, Berkeley

mobile: +1 415 378-4295 Skype: sjholcombe Twitter: @sjholcombe

sjholcombe@gmail.com; sjholcombe@berkeley.edu

HIFA profile: Sarah Holcombe is Associate Fellow at the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability, UC Berkeley in the USA. Professional interests: task sharing, quality of care, expanding access through midwives. sjholcombe AT berkeley.edu