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Community Messaging

 

General Questions

What is the National Department of Health Pregnancy Registry? The NDOH is creating a national pregnancy registry. The aim of the registration of pregnant mothers to a central database is to provide them with valuable services which will improve maternal Health Indicators and to provide better statistical data with which to inform Governmental decisions around maternal health.

What is MomConnect? MomConnect is the brand name given to the National Department of Health Pregnancy Registry. This name was previously used with a similar project in KZN involving the KZN Department of Health, Unicef, Virtual Purple and Praekelt Foundation.

How much does it cost to sign up? It is completely free to sign up. Mothers will not be charged for the call to the USSD code (eg *134*550*2#) or for the messages that they will receive.

How much does it cost to receive the SMSs? Mothers will not be charged anything to receive the messages. This service is free and will remain free.

Who is involved in the project? There are many organisations involved in this project. These range from technical partners, to clinical implementation partners, funders and Mobile Network Operators as well as the clinic staff and Community Healthcare Workers. A complete list of these partners has not yet been finalised.

MomConnect and NurseConnect Statistics

MomConnect figures 03/09/2017
1 Cumulative total of public subscriptions using the code: *134*550# 364 860
2 Cumulative total of CHW identified subscriptions using the code *134*550*3# 36 121
3 Cumulative total of clinic registrations using the code: *134*550*2# 1 530 990
4 Cumulative total of facilities with at least one registration 4 648
5 Total number of unique cellphone numbers 1 770 988
6 Total number of opt outs received 144 660

NurseConnect figures 03/09/2017
1 Total Registrations 19 254
1.1 National 9
1.2 Province 1,090
1.3 Facility 18 155
2 Facilities with at least one registration 2 935
3 Total Number of Opt-outs 411