ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
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.