As the fourth annual Safe Motherhood Week gets ready for launch, and we go from strength to strength, we have an exciting development to announce that aims to fundamentally change the paradigm of maternal health care, the Maternal Health Synapse.
“Since its inception, Safe Motherhood Week has been striving for a society where everyone can access and take full advantage of the best quality of maternal care before, during and after pregnancy,” says CEO of The Synergist, Nicholas Brooke.
“We have worked tirelessly to achieve this by raising awareness, empowering women and families, and developing practical solutions to improve care for mothers and parents. Yet we know we are not alone and The Synergist aims at better connecting fragmented ecosystems to make it more efficient. There are so many maternal health champions out there with similar visions.”
Maternal Health Synapse is a new approach to fostering the maternal health ecosystem, by creating synergies, decreasing duplication and accelerating progress. Enabled by our funding partners Sanofi Espoir Foundation and UCB, it is the culmination of several years of work and has the potential to be a gamechanger for everyone invested in this critical field.
So what is the Maternal Health Synapse? A global, interactive, and searchable platform. It seeks to identify existing maternal and neonatal care initiatives and actors, to bring together people and projects, match solutions to resources, and solve specific needs in an efficient and sustainable way.
The major benefit of using a digital marketplace approach to solving societal challenges such as maternal health is that it speeds up problem-solving. It is an ongoing challenge for different actors in maternal health – those seeking resources and those with something to offer – to find each other and collaborate on solutions.
“The Maternal Health Synapse is a dynamic and interactive platform that will enable us to build a crowdsourced global actionable community on maternal health,” explains Brooke.
“Eventually, as Synapse grows, it will act as a ‘marketplace’ for urgent maternal health needs and resources. The goal is that Maternal Health Synapse will enable supply of medicines, medical devices, education materials, hygiene kits, volunteers, etc.,” he adds.
The beta version of Synapse will launch during Safe Motherhood Week, which this year takes place between September 3-9. Safe Motherhood Week is calling on organisations, initiatives and experts to join the platform.
“Joining the Maternal Health Synapse will help make your initiative visible to others, and will also enable you to find the right partner, organization, initiative or resource. This streamlined approach will not only reduce duplication but increase access to potential collaborations,” according to Brooke.