Mobile health

Half of the world’s population now has a mobile phone subscription—up from just one in five 10 years ago, and by 2020 approximately 3.8 billion men and women across the developing world will be connected to the internet via mobile. Capitalizing on the opportunity brought about by the growing ubiquity of the mobile phone, many Ministries of Health in low and middle income countries (LMICs) have incorporated mHealth in their health strategies.

The Safe Delivery App

Empowering skilled birth attendants to provide a safer birth for mothers and newborns everywhere.



The Safe Delivery App is a smartphone application that provides skilled birth attendants with direct and instant access to evidence-based and up-to-date clinical guidelines on Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care. The App leverages the growing ubiquity of mobile phones to provide life-saving information and guidance through easy-to-understand animated instruction videos, action cards and drug lists. It can serve as a training tool both in pre- and in-service training, and equips birth attendants even in the most remote areas with a powerful on-the-job reference tool. The App was created in 2012 with support from MSD for Mothers, and in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen and the University of Southern Denmark. The App is now currently supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well.

The App can be pre-installed on the phone and it is therefore not a requirement to have network connection or Internet access.

The app was tested in a randomized controlled trial in Ethiopia financed by Merck for Mothers’ Global Giving Program in 2014. The preliminary results from the research study show a significant increase in the skills and knowledge level of the health workers, and in addition demonstrated that skills increased over time- from 6 months to 12 months follow-up.

These results indicate that The Safe Delivery App has the potential to improve and refresh skills and knowledge of skilled birth attendants thus improve the quality of BEmONC training. Final research results were published in JAMA Pediatrics Journal and can be found here.

Maternity Foundation is working in partnership with national ministries of health and non-governmental organizations NGOs) that provide BEmONC training to implement the Safe Delivery App in an integrated and impactful way.

For more information about the app please contact:

Tara Morazzini Talvacchia, and Ida Marie Boas,

You can see more on the SDA here:

Below is a demonstration film on The Safe Delivery App:

Midwife, MPH and Ph.D. student, Christina Bräuner demonstrates the Safe Delivery App at a conference in Washington, D.C. Christina Bräuner tested the app in Ghana, as part of her PhD: