What we offer / LUCY

About this m-health service

LUCY is a free and anonymous mobile SMS and voice messaging service for pregnant women and mothers of newborns who are interested in receiving more information about their pregnancy and how to take good care of their newborn baby. Currently, LUCY is being implemented throughout Ethiopia where we cooperate with the Maternity Foundation and the Ethiopian Midwives association.

All messages are written in accordance with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health recommendations and guidelines. They are available as voice and text messages in English and the local languages of Ethiopia: Amharic and Oromo. LUCY sends one to three voice and text messages per week about antenatal care visits (including reminders); Water And Sanitation Hygiene (WASH); fetal development; healthy behavior; healthy nutrition; danger signs; breastfeeding; birth preparedness; family planning; newborn care; danger signs in newborns; and vaccines.


Who is the service for

LUCY is rolled out as a tool for healthcare workers in their daily practice when they are in contact with pregnant women and mothers of newborns. Health[e]Foundation promotes LUCY via trained midwives in cities where workshops are conducted. Maternity Foundation promotes LUCY via health extension workers in the Gimbie area.

What does the service offer

This m-health service offers information via text and voice messages for pregnant women and mothers of newborns about having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

How it works

Registration for this service can be achieved by sending a text message to a specific number via the phone of the health worker or the (pregnant) women. Please note that registration is only possible in countries where LUCY is active; currently, this is only in Ethiopia.

By sending MAMA or LUCY to 8008 (Ethiopian phone) and by calling a specific phone number, pregnant women and mothers of newborns up till one year of age can register for LUCY. Registration is free of charge, and users can choose for Voice or text messages.

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"Mobile technology is a promising way of caring for people who live in the most hard to reach areas."


What we offer / MyHealth@Hand


About this m-health service

MyHealth@Hand is a smartphone application (app) for (pregnant) women and their healthcare providers. The app supports clients and the healthcare system by empowering clients; increasing communication between healthcare workers and clients; and making medical information available.

In many countries, there is a critical shortage of well-trained healthcare workers, and so the efficient delivery of healthcare is essential. Three factors which can support efficiency are empowerment of clients; connecting healthcare workers and clients; and the efficient use of medical data. Clients visit many different healthcare workers. However, their medical history and information about previous visits are not transferred to all of the healthcare workers involved in most cases. Tests and examinations need to be redone and clients need to recount their medical history over and over again. More importantly, maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity are still a major problem in many countries. By promoting the involvement of women in their own care and linking them more closely to the healthcare system, devastating problems can be prevented. MyHealth@Hand will help to make this possible.

Health[e]Foundation developed the app in collaboration with Industry 62 and Elagem. These companies have developed the Estonian nationwide digital health information system, and continue to develop innovative technological methods of improving care that are appropriate for local situations in other countries. The app is now in the development phase including several testing stages and pilots. During the course of 2019, the app will be launched.

Who is the service for

(Pregnant) mothers and their healthcare providers.

What does the service offer

The app will provide:

  • A woman with:
    • her own personal health data;
    • a communication tool to interact with her healthcare workers;
    • calendar tool to book appointments;
    • relevant information regarding her stage of pregnancy;
    • possible complications;
    • a tool which she can use to enter notes about medical visits or check-ups;
    • pregnancy tracker tools;
    • active reminders to go for antenatal check-ups;
    • health tracker for her children, including vaccinations, growth and nutritional status.
  • A healthcare worker with:
    • a quick overview of the client’s health summary;
    • insight in the client’s clinic visits and problems that have occurred in between the visits;
    • a calendar tool to book appointments;
    • a communication tool to interact with clients;
    • an overview of vaccinations, growth and nutritional status of client’s children;

How it works

The woman will be able to use this app to access her medical data on her smartphone whenever and wherever she is. Her medical data will be recorded by her healthcare workers in a separate app. Health[e]Foundation will train healthcare workers to populate the app with e-data and to use the digital medical data to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of their work. The woman decides whom she wants to share her medical data with. A communication and calendar tool will increase the connection between client and healthcare worker. At the same time, the women will receive the information she needs to ensure that the app improves her healthcare, as well as that of her family.

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