Liga Inan: Connecting Mothers
The Liga Inan program has scaled up mother-to-midwife connections across all 13 municipalities of Timor-Leste, substantially increasing the number of women who seek skilled care in a health facility before, during, and after childbirth.
In 2013, HAI and Catalpa International designed and launched the first ever mobile health (mHealth) program in Timor-Leste. The Liga Inan program (Connecting Mothers in the local Tetum language) uses mobile phone technology to support Ministry of Health efforts to improve maternal and newborn home care and care seeking practices.
The program connects expectant and new mothers to health information and to the government midwives and doctors who serve them. In addition to sending pregnant women automated messages covering relevant health topics and and reminders to seek care, Liga Inan also facilitates phone calls between women and health providers. This means providers can respond quickly and directly to patient questions and emergencies. The Liga Inan service also prompts health providers to call mothers three weeks before their estimated due date to promote planning for a safe delivery with a skilled provider.
The Liga Inan pilot was found to substantially increase the likelihood of skilled birth attendance, facility-based delivery, timely postpartum care, and newborn health checks. The program was so well received, in fact, that Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Health adopted the program as national policy, and enlisted HAI and Catalpa International to assist with the scale up and transition to health system leadership.
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|Participation in the Liga Inan Program||Technical Brief, 2016|
|Utilization of Maternal Health Services||Technical Brief, 2016|
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The Liga Inan mHealth program is a Timor-Leste Ministry of Health program supported by Health Alliance International and Catalpa International with funding support provided by the Australian Government and the United States Agency for International Development.
[2017-2020] Support of Integrated Maternal and Newborn Care and Liga Inan Scale-Up in Partnership with the Timor-leste Ministry of Health.
This project receives funding support from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade though the Partnership for Human Development.
[2019-2019] Liga Inan 1000 Days Nutrition Project.
This project received funding support from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, via a subagreement from ChildFund Australia.
[2015-2017] Support of Integrated Maternal and Newborn Care and Liga Inan Scale-Up in Partnership with the Timor-leste Ministry of Health.
This project received funding support from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
[2011-2016] Mobile Moms: Improving Quality and Access to Maternal Care in Timor-Leste.
This project received funding support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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