AKDN Delivery Tool - AKDN-wide Data Collection of Deliveries

More than half of the maternal deaths worldwide result from preventable conditions like: haemorrhage, hypertensive disorders, and sepsis. These conditions can be avoided through timely medical interventions, support and a continuum of care.

To ensure skilled care at every birth across Aga Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) health facilities and reduce the burden of paper-based data collection and management of the health care staff, which hinders provision of quality care, AKDN dHRC developed and implemented the AKDN Delivery Tool, a standard electronic data collection tool. The tool was developed to facilitate health workers with the data collection of deliveries across AKDN health agencies.

The AKDN Delivery tool offers a coherent design with robust functionality that provides health care professionals with a digital data collection platform to standardize data collection processes. It is based on the CEmONC tool, developed by World Health Organization and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

The AKDN Delivery Tool comprises of a web portal and a mobile application. It provides a single platform for the entire data collection and management process for the deliveries across the AKDN network. It supports data entry in offline mode, allowing data synchronisation with the central server upon availability of the internet.

From September 2017 to December 2019, the tool has helped record 9,783 maternal admissions, which resulted in 8,029 deliveries across AKDN health facilities in Bamyan, Faizabad and Kabul in Afghanistan; Gilgit and Booni in Pakistan; Kisumu and Mombasa in Kenya; and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Plans are to implement the tool in Karachi and Hyderabad in Pakistan and Mwanza in Tanzania towards the end of 2020.

The AKDN Delivery Tool brings aims to bring access to aggregated data on estimated 42,000 deliveries across AKDN health facilities, which can be used for implementation research and collaboration with policy makers, in efforts to improve maternal and newborn outcomes in underserved regions, across AKDN health facilities.

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