Using mobile technology to improve the health of pregnant women, newborns and infants at national scale

Project start date : 20/08/2014

Last updated : 16/03/2022

Beneficiary country : South Africa

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mother and child health
  • Nutrition
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Vaccination

Fields of application

  • Health professional training
  • Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC)

Stage of development

  • Routine project/operational

Financing method

  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)
  • Government agency (USAID, etc.)
  • Intergovernmental or international agency

Area where the project is utilised

  • National (in one country only)

Economic model(s)

  • Subsidies

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Pregnant women
  • Young children (0-5 years)

Project objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Reduced suffering
  • Improved treatment

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Internet

Offline use


Open source


Open data


Independent evaluation

Yes, evaluated independently

About the sponsor

South African National Department of Health

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTHSouth African National Department of Health (NDOH) – Project and Strategy Lead.Johnson [&] Johnson and Elma Foundation as funders.
Grand Challenges Canada as funders of work around MomConnect sustainability.
Baby Center for expert content partner and, Jembi Health Systems, Healthenabled, and HISP for technical implementation partners.Mobile Network Operators have discounted their services.

Sector : Institutions (Communities, public authorities, NGOs, foundations, etc.)

Country of origin : South Africa

Contact : Sponsor website Project website


  • Baby Center

    Academic entities (Universities, research laboratories, etc)

  • Jembi Health Systems and HISP

    Industrial (Startups, enterprises, etc.)

  • Johnson and Johnson

    Academic entities (Universities, research laboratories, etc)

  • Health Enabled

    Industrial (Startups, enterprises, etc.)