Qualcomm, Vecna Cares, Etisalat, to Promote Maternal, Child Health
Monday, March 3, 2014
Qualcomm Incorporated has announced its partnership with other operators to improve maternal and child health. They include Vecna Cares Charitable Trust, the nonprofit arm of Vecna Technologies; InStrat Global Health Solutions, a turnkey health care solutions provider; Etisalat Nigeria; Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA); and Evidence for Action.
The campaign is aimed at ensuring Africa’s mothers and babies survive pregnancy and childbirth, through the development and deployment of a wireless, electronic medical record (EMR) system to clinics throughout three states within the NPHCDA, bringing a paperless, mobile patient registry to midwives throughout rural Nigeria. The CliniPAK360 project aims to reduce the country’s high maternal and infant mortality rates.
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country. It also has maternal and infant mortality rates that are among the world’s highest. The US Central Intelligence Agency estimates in The World Factbook that Nigeria experienced approximately 630 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 2010 and approximately 73 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2013. In comparison, the maternal death rate in developed countries is approximately nine per 100,000.