Neonatal Health

Neonatal Health

Saving lives with OmwanaThrive

Every 16 minutes a Ugandan baby dies before they reach 28 days of life.[1] This shocking fact is primarily due to the severe lack of healthcare knowledge that exists in rural populations.  With the onset of COVID19, more and more young girls are getting pregnant, are completely unprepared for motherhood and are adding to the number of stillborns, preterm births and neonatal deaths

OmwanaThrive application program was developed by our working partner, Santa Clara University’s Frugal Innovation Labs, specifically to address the high rate of neonatal deaths.

The program was designed to operate on an Android tablet that works well in low resource settings, has simple graphics, features key messages about baby care and does not require internet access.

As we realized that many mothers that live in rural areas have limited education and speak local dialect, we kept the vocabulary simple for ease of translation so that our fellows could easily teach the mothers how to feed and care for their infants in a format they can understand.

Today, our Rose Uganda Fellows are actively teaching OmwanaThrive to hundreds of pregnant girls and new mothers so that they can keep their babies healthy so that they live.

OmwanaThrive app explains how to care for the newborn in easy to understand format.

Our health program is comprehensive as we explain about the importance of diet and nutrition as a means to keep both mom and baby healthy.

[1] United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UNICEF, WHO, UNPD and the World Bank)

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