Mobile Technology to Improve Obstetric and Neonatal Emergency Care

"A Call for Life" project carried out in Benin by CARE and the Sanofi is an initiative that utilizes mobile phone technology to increase the utilization and quality of obstetric and neonatal emergency care in one commune (Ouinhi) in Covè-Zagnanado-Ouinhi health zone. This 3-year initiative CARE Internationalwas launched in November 2011 with generous funding from Sanofi Espoir Foundation. A Call for Life is part of CARE’s Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health program, which aims to reduce maternal, neonatal and infant mortality in Benin.

A Call for Life

Beninese government wants to integrate the positive outcomes of this project into the national health policy.

Involving 35 villages in the municipality of Ouinhi, one of the poorest in Benin, the project is creating a participatory approach and building capacity in the village communities and among healthcare providers and health services for mothers and children. 25,253 women will benefit from this project.

The project has four objectives:

    • Improving knowledge in the rural community of obstetric, neonatal, infant and postpartum emergencies as well as priority diseases.
    • Strengthening the capacity of community health workers to manage obstetric, neonatal, and infant emergencies effectively.
    • Establishing participatory mechanisms and ensuring the efficient and rapid hospitalization for obstetric, neonatal and childhood emergencies in poor households in rural areas.
    • Creating linkages and alliances to boost the partnership between the community and public and private support facilities, and take better account of women’s needs.

The project plans to involve the local communities benefiting from the project by setting up village committees, awareness sessions, and broadcasting radio messages. Health authorities at the government level will also be involved to ensure the sustainability of the project and maximize its impact. In each of the 35 villages, a community volunteer will be appointed by the community to monitor pregnancies and women who have given birth, acting as the relay point between health centers and these women.

In order to achieve these objectives, CARE partnered with Dimagi and D-TREE to develop a package of mobile phone software applications that would help health care workers and community relays to provide quality services and track their interactions with clients. This marks the first time that mobile phone technology was harnessed to improve health service delivery in Benin.

The project plans to create a fund to support the reference/counter-reference system for beneficiaries. This fund will among other things enable communities to provide for a village motor tricycle ambulance or ambulance motorboat in an effort to overcome the remoteness of villages from health centers and district/or hospital area.


  • Sanofi Espoir Foundation

    Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation was created in October 2010 by Sanofi to leverage more than 15 years of commitment to international solidarity.

    It is dedicated to...


    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to...

  • Benin Ministry of Health

    Benin | Staff size: Unknown

    The mission of the Ministry of Health is to design and implement the state policy in the field of health in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in Benin as well as vision and...

  • D-Tree

    Development Consulting, Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    D-tree is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care for underserved populations in the developing world. They promote the use of standards for improved care....

  • Dimagi, Inc.

    Service Providers
    Staff size: 51-100

    Founded in 2002, Dimagi Inc. is an award-winning, socially conscious technology company that brings deep expertise in creating scalable ICT solutions...

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Key Information

LocationWest Africa, Benin
  • Start Date 2011
  • End Date 2014
  • Sectors