Update on the Safe Delivery App

3 November, 2022

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Back in 2016 we learned on HIFA about the Safe Delivery App:

'A new app called Safe Delivery has been developed for health workers in remote areas to deal with complicated births, and to help save the lives of mothers and babies. The app, developed by the Maternity Foundation, University of Southern Denmark, and the University of Copenhagen, provides instructions for health workers attending to complicated pregnancies and deliveries.

'The app includes animated video guides on how to address problems such as prolonged labour, hypertension and maternal sepsis. It also has step-by-step instructions on the manual removal of placentas, resuscitation of newborns and prevention of infection...'

Thanks to the Healthy Newborn Network, we now learn that the app has been downloaded more than 270,000 times and is being used across Africa and South Asia.


Looking briefly at the impact of the app, there is plenty of evidence that the app improves knowledge but, from what I could see, demonstration of impact on health outcomes was mainly on a case-by-case, anecdotal basis.

Have any HIFA members experience of using this app, or are perhaps part of the team that is implementing it?

Given the ubiquity of mobile phones, it is imperative that we take advantage of mobile technology to empower health workers in all aspects of frontline care.

Best wishes, Neil

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Global Coordinator HIFA, www.hifa.org neil@hifa.org

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