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New app to reduce Indonesian maternal and infant mortality rates

Photo: Credit: University of Indonesia

Lecturers from the Nursing Faculty of the University of Indonesia have developed a program that aims to reduce the maternal mortality rate as well as infant mortality; detect and monitor pregnancy; and provide support for government programs catered to complete immunisation.

According to a recent press release, the Posyandu Information System (SIMADU) will provide data on babies, toddlers and pregnant women which can be accessed by carers and nurses at the community health centres (puskemas).

About the application

Developed by the Science and Technology-based Community Service Team, the Android-based application makes it easy to fill in data about the parents, the pregnant women, infants and toddlers, which include information on the development of infants through their immunisation history feature.

Additionally, the application serves as an administrative and documentation system that aids the carers in recording and reporting on various activities at the paediatric centre (posyandu).

The application can produce a final report in Excel format, which contains all the pertinent information about the patients.

In order to maximise and spread the use of the SIMADU application, a socialisation service was held recently, wherein they invited possible users of the system.

These users were oriented on the benefits of the application. They were also taught about the different features of the system.

After learning the benefits and features of the app, the carers and nurses showed positive reaction and were very enthusiastic to implement and use the SIMADU application in their respective clinics.

Targets

The app aims to improve and to create a healthy life and welfare for the patients.

More importantly, the application will be able to uphold the 3rd Sustainable Development Goal, which is to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.

This goal reportedly aims to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.

Robotic hands

In other news, three students from the University have succeeded in creating robotic prosthetic hands that can be controlled by brain waves.

By utilising Electroencephalography (EEG) technology, the Afta B-ionic it will produce commands that can move robotic prosthetic hands as desired by the user.

The benefits of this robotic hand include being more affordable and the ease of release and installation. Plus, no surgery is needed to implant the sensor into the muscles as this is controlled directly by brain waves.

The development of this project was inspired by the team’s friends, who have disabilities and experience limited access in their activities.

The technology utilises EEG technology combined with the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, which allows optimisation of performance.

The team had successfully converted the signals of the brain impulses into commands of motion in order for the hands to become more functional.

The robotic hand prosthesis was developed with this motto in mind: We change disability into ability.

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