Hesperian Health Guides Addresses Maternal Health

Cathleen O'Grady | Foundation Beyond Belief | July 23, 2013

According to the United Nations, more than 350,000 women die every year from maternity-related complications, with the risk being vastly higher in the developing world. Hesperian Health Guides (HHG), FBB’s Q3 Poverty and Health beneficiary, is working toward Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5: Improve maternal health – with a 21st-century solution.

The “Safe Pregnancy and Birth” mobile app, available in English and Spanish for iPhone and Android, aims to support pregnant women, midwives, and health workers by delivering vital information in a simple and quick format. The app includes information on how to remain healthy throughout a pregnancy, as well as how to identify and deal with danger signs. It also contains basic treatment information on topics such as taking blood pressure or stopping bleeding.