At this year’s International AIDS conference, the Praekelt Foundation launched a Facebook Messenger chatbot to give South African mothers access to maternal health information. The project is called MomConnect, it’s got 850,000 subscribers and it’s been operated by the South African National Department of Health as an SMS-based service. This development means that these women (and more) will now have access to all that information without having to deal with character limits, USSD fees et al.
Pertinent to the conversation, are HIV-positive (soon-to-be) mothers, and those who have high-risk pregnancies. They will receive stage-based information about HIV, pregnancy, delivery, first-year child care, etc.
Source – MomConnect