• PI: Dr. Peter Delobelle
  • Funder: CDC and USAID, through HISP-SA
  • Dates: 02/02/2015 - 29/12/2016

Project Summary

MomConnect is a South African National Department of Health initiative to improve maternal and child health based on the use of cell phone technology integrated into maternal and child health (MCH) services. The objective of the program is to register all pregnant women in the country on a central database; send stage-based health education messages during pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year of life; provide a platform for feedback including service ratings, compliments and complaints, and strengthen the demand and accountability of MCH services in order to improve access, coverage and quality of care. UWC’s SoPH was tasked by the National Department of Health to conduct national Monitoring & Evaluation of MomConnect together with Stellenbosch University, in an 18-month partnership program 

The project uses mixed methods within three study designs, including: i) a longitudinal time-series stepped wedge design using routine DHIS data to assess changes in key health outcome indicators before and after introduction of the program; ii) a cross-sectional survey to investigate MCH knowledge, attitude, beliefs and practices, MCH related client satisfaction and MomConnect user satisfaction among MCH clients ; and, iii) focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with MCH clients, MCH service providers, and community representatives.

Key Activities

UWC to provide M&E expertise in relation to Linked to Khuphukani Project; and MomConnect Project

Partners

Health Information System Program (HISP) 

National Dept of Health

School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road, Bellville 7535, Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27-21 - 959 2809 | Fax: +27- 21 - 959 2872 | Email: mppetersen@uwc.ac.za