SMS Maama is currently working with Benedict Medical Centre in Luzira, Kampala to conduct focus groups and a research pilot.
GOALS of 2017:
WHO: Women attending 1st antenatal appointment
WHAT: Gather data on how women view pregnancy, the challenges that may arise during it, and their opinions of a mobile health text messaging educational service
HOW: General questions related to pregnancy, development of complications during pregnancy, thoughts on a text messaging educational service, mobile phone usage
STATUS: Currently ongoing
WHO: 200 women between 10-28 weeks gestation attending Benedict Medical Centre (BMC) who are interested in, fulfill enrollment criteria, and consent to study enrollment
WHAT: All participants will receive informational and interactive text messages related to: pregnancy, birth preparedness, nutrition, delivery, postpartum education, in addition to appointment reminders
GOAL: Test feasibility, utility, and desirability as measured by pre- and post-test assessments, in addition to various mHealth metrics
STATUS: Currently in the process of midwife and study personnel training, in addition to obtaining the final local and international IRB research clearances; will be enrolling soon!
Q: SMS Maama is a social business venture, why bother with research?
A. We believe one of the key principles of good business is to see if customers like the product. At SMS Maama, we believe it is worthwhile to verify that the product we are "selling" is worthy of being sold (i.e. Does it work? Do women use, value, and interact with it?). Mobile health technologies have become of increasing interest in the past few years, but there are very few studies out there that show it's utility. We - at SMS Maama - wanted to do just that before we expand to more rural areas in Uganda and other locations around the globe.