Impacting mom, baby and child health
for family planning/pregnancy
In 2019, it was estimated that 5.2 million children under the age of five died from preventable and treatable causes, while 810 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Not being able to access healthcare has created an inequitable world that directly impacts health outcomes.
THINKMD’s solution increases the clinical capacity of frontline health workers to reduce child and maternal deaths and is a founding purpose for the THINKMD team. The scientifically-validated technology has shown a 94% adherence to the Under 5 World Health Organization (WHO) protocol, which aims to reduce death, illness and disability, and promote improved growth and development among infants and children aged less than 5 years.
To date, our platform has facilitated half a million quality health encounters across Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Nigeria, Zambia and Togo, where accessing healthcare is a critical challenge. Over 250 unique disease risks are assessed each time the software is used, with users – no matter their level of clinical training – able to identify how sick a person is, what illness they may have and what appropriate next steps to take. Children, newborns and pregnant and new mothers are supported with high quality healthcare and guidance so that they can make better health decisions, including seeking timely and appropriate care. By addressing Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), THINKMD works to address key health Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Use cases for THINKMD’s solution in MNCH
- Clinic-based curative care: THINKMD’s clinical assessment decision support tool is used by nurses and physicians to clinically assess the health of newborns and children under 5 using an IMNCI compliant platform. Assessments are performed in the clinical setting and THINKMD software provides treatment recommendations based on age & weight of the patient.
- Community-based preventative care: Community Health Workers (CHWs) and School Health Workers use THINKMD’s point-of-care decision support technology to triage the health of a patient and refer based on severity of the assessment. Assessments are often performed in a community, home or school in an offline environment in the local language of the user. Learn more about our adolescent work.
- Consumer self-care: Through a telecommunications partner in South Africa (Mondia Media) and a pharmacy chain in Kenya (Goodlife Pharmacy), consumers are able to use the platform to conduct assessments on themselves or their babies, facilitating better decision-making for health seeking. In Kenya, when high clinical risk is detected, moms and/or babies are referred directly to a doctor via MyHealth Africa’s telehealth service.