An App For Healthy Pregnancies Wins Award

Kat Snow | KQED | November 15, 2012

A healthcare app developed in Berkeley is the winner of a $10,000 innovation award from Ashoka Changemakers for technology that improves the lives of women and girls.

Hesperian Health Guides created the Safe Pregnancy and Birth Mobile App to help pregnant women stay healthy and reduce maternal deaths worldwide. A 2010 World Health Organization report found pregnancy complications kill 1,000 women every day.

Hesperian's executive director Sarah Shannon said the app is being used by pregnant women, family members, and health care workers. She said it's particularly useful for health care trainers in developing countries...