How A Phone App Is Changing Childbirth In Africa

September 30, 2014 5:05 PM

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Imagine you are in rural Ethiopia. You are a health worker, stationed alone in a remote health clinic. A young man comes in carrying his wife who is in heavy labor. It's their third child and she gives birth quickly upon arrival. But as soon as the baby and the placenta are delivered, she starts bleeding dramatically. You want to do everything in your power to save the woman's life, but with limited theoretical training and little practical experience, you feel powerless.

"All of my life, I have watched friends and family die in childbirth. And I have felt entirely powerless to help them," says Zenebu, a volunteer community worker from Ethiopia.

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