This Program May Reduce Childbirth Deaths In Areas That Need It Most

A new software program aims to show the areas in developing countries that need clinics and other aid the most.
SMS
This Program May Reduce Childbirth Deaths In Areas That Need It Most

Data and algorithms could save a mother's and baby's life during childbirth — especially in developing countries.

And a new software program called PlanWise is trying to do just that.

SEE MORE: Breastfeeding Is Really Good For Babies, But Millions Can't Do It

In developing countries, pregnant women don't always give birth in hospitals. In Kenya, where PlanWise was tested, only about half do.

And giving birth outside of a hospital can put a mother and her newborn at risk if something goes wrong.

So here's how the planning tool works: PlanWise uses pieces of information like maps and an algorithm to show where hospitals, mobile clinics and ambulances are needed most.

Real-world testing on foot and by car showed that the program works.

The goal with PlanWise is to fulfill other needs in developing countries, like showing where there are gaps in easy access to vaccinations and clean water.

But once the areas in need are identified, building and maintaining the new hospitals and clinics will still take a lot of money and time.

Featured Stories
Bill Paxton

Actor Bill Paxton Died After Complications From Surgery

Protester holding a sign that says "Save ACA"

New Polls Show Protesters Aren't Alone In Support Of Obamacare

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin speaking to Mary Mitchell about their new book.

5 Years After His Death, Trayvon Martin's Parents Speak Out

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Africa Coverage