Tafadzwa Kalisto Munzwa
Dawa Health, has created a digital health platform called DawaMom that aims to empower expectant and nursing mothers to receive remote maternal health. DawaMom is a multi-lingual AI-powered platform that is accessible via a smartphone app, SMS app, web portal, text/audio chat-bot, and sign language clips for persons with disabilities. The platform provides expectant mothers with tailored weekly maternal advice in their language of choice to help them identify risk factors that might need urgent attention. Community health workers, expectant and nursing mothers get 24/7 digital support over the DawaMom platform. Also, the DawaMom platform works together with a network of community health agents ( such as Safe Motherhood Action Groups (SMAGs), peer educators, health workers) by providing them with refresher courses and on-demand information via their mobile devices. The DawaMom model is providing commission to the agents who in turn are using their skills to support women in their communities. DawaMom is creating a source of income for thousands of unemployed health workers who are signing up on the platform. Currently, there are 5,000 B2B users and 612 B2C patients being supported by the platform. The innovation is helping mothers get point-of-care and telemedicine support. The AI-powered tool can also be utilised as a tool for screening, profiling, and managing high risk pregnancy conditions. It is being implemented in Zimbabwe and Zambia.