Texting helps save Arican mothers’ lives

Danish researchers followed more than 2500 pregnant women in Zanzibar until 42 days after they had delivered their child in a trial in which more than half the women were ‘wired’.

They received text messages from healthcare providers during pregnancy and were given phone cards in order to call obstetric care facilities.

They found that 60% of the wired women had access to a skilled delivery – with midwives, doctors and nurses available – compared to 47% of the women in the control group but only in urban not rural