Health[e]Foundation’s LUCY journey started in March 2020, when we first launched the LUCY app to facilitate healthy and informed pregnancies among (expectant) women in Suriname. With tailored health information, (expectant) women in Suriname have been empowered to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their babies. Following successful implementation in Suriname, […]
Report on the TENA interactive voice response (IVR) service to provide health information on maternal health, SRHR, and domestic- and gender-based violence
Two years ago, LUCY, Health[e]Foundation’s smartphone application for pregnant women and mothers of newborns was first launched in Suriname. Since its introduction, a lot of developments have taken place: LUCY expanded rapidly in Suriname; LUCY was introduced in Ethiopia; and LUCY reached women on a global scale. Time to reflect: what have we achieved and […]
The Health[e]Foundation team is very pleased to welcome Georgie Bouwknecht on board to conduct her academic research internship with our organization. We are looking forward to working with Georgie and the valuable contribution that she will make to further improve our activities and strengthen our organization. My name is Georgie, and I will be an […]
To further support our work with Ethiopian midwives and empower community members, a mobile interactive voice response (IVR) service has been developed to provide health information on topics related to the pandemic. This mobile IVR service, called TENA (HEALTH in Amharic), is freely available for anyone with a mobile phone – no smartphone required – making the service accessible for the majority of the Ethiopian society.
On 20 May 2021, Health[e]Foundation started the feasibility assessment for the project entitled “Empowering Moroccan women with the LUCY reproductive and maternal health app” which has been financed by an RVO Small Business Innovation Research Grant.
Since March 2020, the LUCY maternal and neonatal health app is being implemented in Suriname in collaboration with Stichting Perisur and funded by the UTSN Twinningfaciliteit under the wings of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In September 2021, a new version of the app was launched to better meet the needs of pregnant women and parents of newborns.
Morocco has made substantial improvements in reproductive, maternal and newborn health over the past years, however challenges remain, especially for rural and lower educated women. Higher maternal and newborn mortality, limited access to health services and information, and sexual violence are common issues for this group.
Since 2016, World Maternal Mental Health Day (WMMH) is yearly commemorated on the first Wednesday of May. Today we recognize the importance of maternal health and how this influences women’s (and family’s) mental health worldwide. An example of Health[e]Foundation’s commitment to improve mother’s physical and mental health, is LUCY, our mobile maternal health service launched as an app in Suriname.
Nils van Osten is a recent master graduate who, as part of his studies, conducted research on the sustainability of Mobile Health (mHealth) in developing countries. As part of his research, Health[e]Foundation was interviewed about our LUCY project in Ethiopia and its sustainability as a mobile health application.
Last week project managers Judith de Lange and Myrna Derksen travelled to Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana. The most important item in their luggage was a smartphone with the very first test version of the app MyHealth@Hand. MyHealth@Hand is a self-management tool for pregnant woman. The app enables women to store and access their personal health […]