A new independent study has found that an innovative program, which uses a cell phone app to help pregnant women in India with prenatal and postnatal care, is as cost effective as certain immunizations and other proven child health interventions. 

The app is part of Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND) project, which focuses on expectant mothers in Utter Pradesh, the most populous state in India and a place with high maternal and infant death rates.

ReMiND contributes to the Indian government’s National Health Program by equipping women who are trained as community health workers with the tools they need to gather and access information about their patients. To improve these health workers’ (also known as ASHA workers) effectiveness, ReMiND uses a mobile phone app that gives them crucial information, including a checklist of key health practices that they review with pregnant women during home visits.

Read more here: https://www.crs.org/media-center/news-release/study-mobile-app-and-program-used-prenatal-care-india-cost-effective