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Mobile Messages To Empower Mothers – MAMA – The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action [VIDEO][INFOGRAPHIC]

As it is Mother’s Day today it could be a good idea to have a look at the link between mobiles, mothers and social issues. In June 2012 we already had a look at „Texting for Good: How Your Mobile Phone Can Save Your Baby“. Text4Baby is a US service to enable mothers (and fathers) to have access to information and knowledge about their pregnancies and babies by receiving text messages on their mobiles. On a global level the same service is offered by MAMA – The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action. The following video shows the story of Asha Rani, a mother from Dhaka, Bangladesh. She describes how MAMA messages helped her care for her child and put the power of health in her hand.

[youtube http://youtu.be/i49FUb-zeLU]

Here is some information from MAMA taken from their website:

  • MAMA content is used in over 49 countries and has reached 111 unique organizations. MAMA is bringing together a global community through sharing of mobile messages and a robust global learning agenda.
  • MAMA aims to inform and empower low-income, expectant mothers who are at risk of complications and death during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as new mothers caring for their infants.
  • MAMA is engaging an innovative global community to deliver vital health information to new and expectant mothers through mobile phones.
  • MAMA is a public-private partnership launched in May 2011 by founding partners United States Agency for International Development and Johnson & Johnson with supporting partners – the United Nations Foundation, mHealth Alliance, and BabyCenter.

For more information go to MAMA – The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action.

 

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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