A companion to the MomConnect programme, NurseConnect uses mobile technology to support nurses and midwives working in maternal health, child health and family planning across South Africa.
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The National Department of Health's MomConnect programme has demonstrated the potential of mobile technology to improve the health of new and expectant mothers, but while nurses and midwives play an integral role in that programme, very little is being done to provide additional support directly to them. Currently, nurses in South Africa often have to contend with outdated clinical knowledge, insufficient awareness of updated government protocols, limited professional development opportunities, and inadequate peer-to-peer education and support.
NurseConnect offers nurses and midwives access to a suite of mobile services, including USSD registration, targeted support messages and advice via SMS, and a mobile-optimised website offering in-depth information and advice. Through these services the programme hopes to improve medical knowledge and professional skills development, encourage personal growth and self-improvement, and provide inspiration and recognition for work well done.
NurseConnect will launch its mobile site publicly in November 2016, but the current SMS platform launched in January 2016. A learning module will be added to the mobile site in early 2017. Please visit this page regularly for updates.