Technology for Maternal and Child Health (T4MCH)

Reporting Organization:SALASAN Consulting Inc.
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 3,900,000
Timeframe: April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Colin Rankin
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

SALASAN Consulting Inc.

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Ghana - $ 3,900,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (40 %)

Newborn & Child Health (30 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (30 %)

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The Technology for Maternal and Child Health initiative aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in 15 districts of the northern and upper-west regions of Ghana. It will make easy-to-understand maternal health information accessible to expectant mothers and mothers of newborns through the use of information communications technology. The initiative will also address newborn survival in remote, rural areas with targeted messages and interventions for issues such as maternal tetanus immunization, clean cord practices, exclusive breastfeeding, skin-to-skin care, and the recognition and early treatment of infection.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Newborns Older adults, women Older adults, men
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: 30,000
Total Indirect Population: 90,000
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Applied Research
Health Technology
Health Technology
Health Technology
Reproductive Health and Rights
Reproductive Health and Rights
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

The following results have been accomplished in the six months (April-September 2018);
• Trained 39 new health staff in addition to the existing 238 health staff trained in the use of ICT tools to design, package and communicate maternal and child health information. This is as a result of the staff attrition in most health facilities.
• Registered 8323 beneficiaries (including 6926 expectant mothers attending ANC and 1397 breastfeeding mothers attending CWC) in the mobile MCH messaging system.
• Successfully delivered 94,169 weekly MCH messages – in 11 local languages and targeted to registrants’ gestation and first 6 month of exclusive breastfeeding– to 8,323 unique telephone numbers by 30th September, 2018.
• Supported conduct of 404 facility-based knowledge sharing sessions (KSS) organised by health staff in all 33 health facilities with total participants of 22,621 (female 18,758, male 3,863).
• Supported conduct of 439 community-based KSS involving 44,383 participants (31,047 women, 13,336 men) that utilized ICT equipment and presentations developed onsite by health staff.
• Documented common indicators at all project health facilities (33 in total) for tracking progress – including percentage of live births attended by skilled birth attendants, percentage of newborns who received positive care practices, ANC registration and attendance by expectant mothers and their male partners, and PNC follow-up visits by new mothers;
• Completed six research projects
• Trained 30 health professionals as trainers to conduct step-down trainings and facilitate the establishment of Father-to-Father groups.
• Set up 54 Father-to-Father groups in 9 districts
• Developed and distributed “Father’s Journey” guide for facilitating Father-to Father group discussions.


MNCH-related indicators
  • # of district/health facilities that use sex disaggregated data to inform health service delivery
  • %/total of health workers (male/female) trained and using their learned skills
  • %/total of infants (0-5 months) who are fed exclusively with breast milk
  • %/total of mothers, and %/total of babies, who received postnatal care within two days of childbirth
  • %/total of women aged 15-49 years with anemia
  • %/total of women attended at least four times during pregnancy by any provider for reasons related to the pregnancy
SDG Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • SDG 1.4.1 Proportion of population living in households with access to basic services
SDG Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 3.1.1 Maternal mortality ratio
  • SDG 3.1.2 Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel
  • SDG 3.2.2 Neonatal mortality rate
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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