Maternal Health in the Mobile Age

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 8, 2012Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Earlier this week, the Huffington Post shared a story on their Global Motherhood Blog, Maternal Health in the Mobile Age, that tells the story of one community health worker, Pushpa, in rural India who was recently introduced to a new mobile-based platform that aims to help her meet the maternal health needs of the growing population she works with.From the story:She then travels for close to two hours, often walking about five kilometers by foot in the hot tropical sun, to pass this information down to a health facility. Over the years, as the number of families in Pushpa’s village increased, she had to walk longer distances, and check on more mothers. Now, Pushpa agrees that her job has become more challenging and that she sometimes forgets. She knows she needs another way to keep track of the numbers, and to make sure that she can still look after every mother. With the help of the Maternal Health Reporter, a mobile-based platform developed by Global Health Bridge, Pushpa is able make this hope a reality.Read the full story here.Learn more about Global Health Bridge–and their work to improve maternal health in Jamkhed, India.Share this:last_img read more

The platform is a Ruby on Rails app with a Preact

first_imgThe platform is a Ruby on Rails app with a Preact front-end. The company is hard at work on native apps for iOS and Android but say its technology choices are fluid.“We are far from devotees to any one style, and while we are not going to change too much over night, we will encourage healthy discussions and debates over the choices along the way,” Halpern wrote. “We also have hard dependencies on some of our external services, but it’s all up for change as we grow. These discussions will be half the fun!”The project’s source can be found at it’s GitHub repository under the GNU General Public License, which the company says fits its ideology and use cases well. This week’s highlighted project comes courtesy of a community of developers who hope that their codebase will be used to foster communities like theirs, focused on education and collaboration among peers of any skill level.’s codebase is open-source as of last week week and the community-building platform’s developers think that further community involvement in development will lead to great things.“If you are coming from elsewhere on the web, and are not familiar with, we are a large online community of software developers committed to teaching one another, building our careers, and generally making software development a more collaborative, humane endeavor,” Ben Halpern, founder and webmaster at DEV explained in the blog post announcing the release. “We host articles and discussions that span from beginner to advanced, and as we grow we always work to foster a constructive environment that supports diverse use cases. As long as it is about code or the developer experience/life, all forms of blog posts and discussions are welcome.”Halpern made sure to clarify in the post that this release is not simply a library for creating the types of community-driven communication platforms that embodies, but the for-profit company’s entire codebase. “However, that is a perfectly valid use case in the future,” Halpern wrote in a post leading up to the release. “If you are interested in contributing such that we can eventually help people stand up their own version of this platform for their own business or society, we’ll definitely welcome that input.”last_img read more