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What is MomConnect

MomConnect is a South African National Department of Health initiative which aims to support maternal health through the use of cell phone based technologies integrated into maternal and child health services. The services are free to the user, and messages are available in all our 11 official languages. MomConnect is voluntary and the pregnant woman can opt out at any time.


The overall objectives of this initiative are: 

•To introduce a mechanism for registering electronically all pregnancies in the public health system as early as possible,

•To send targeted health promotion messages to pregnant women to improve their health and that of their infants,

•To provide pregnant women with an interactive mechanism to feedback on the service they have received.



Why MomConnect


•Large number of maternal and child deaths could be avoided if some basic interventions are implemented.

•Some factors like breastfeeding are linked to the patient (demand side) and need change in behaviour.

•Other factors are linked to facilities and need improvement in the supply side and linked to health service improvement.

•MomConnect is well-placed to address some of these demand and supply side problems.


Why mHealth and cellphones


•A number of pilot projects in several countries have successfully used cellphone technology as a tool to improve interventions which have shown improvements Mother and Child Health outcomes.

•In South Africa most people including pregnant woman have either personal cellphones or have access to cellphone.

• The appropriate use of cellphone technology has the potential to accelerate interventions of proven value.



What is NurseConnect?

NurseConnect, an extension of MomConnect, is a project that has been initiated by the National Department of Health to support nurses and midwives in their daily work. NurseConnect uses mobile technology to support nurses and midwives working in maternal health, child health and family planning across South Africa. NurseConnect offers nurses and midwives access to targeted support messages, advice and in-depth information and advice on maternal and child health. 


Read more on NurseConnect 




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