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Reducing maternal mortality due to sepsis in Uganda


Despite significant investment, much from oversees Aid, maternal mortality rates in Uganda have barely declined in recent years and remain amongst the highest in the world. This failure is particularly frustrating given that a WHO blueprint for reducing maternal morbidity and mortality based on provision of skilled birth attendants and better management of obstetric emergencies, in particular sepsis, is well established. Research focused on improving provision of these resources is likely to have a significant impact, and thus the UK’s National Institute for Health Research is offering up to £5 million over 4 years to support research initiatives in this area. What would you propose to do with this money? A detailed justification of your spending is required.

Write about:
1) What preventive methods can be taken?
2) Sensible diagnostic approaches in Uganda
250 – 300 words max, 10 references Harvard APA (*use sources from 2013 – 2020)

The services offered in most of the health care organizations across the world are riddled with delays. According to Marsha and Handel (2011) it is observed that almost every person has waited for a longer period to schedule a certain medical procedure or get an appointment with a doctor. It is not uncommon to find a higher number of patients backlogged in the reception rooms waiting to be assessed by the physicians. The delays are even worse in the emergency rooms where the patients that need immediate care are forced to queue for longer period before receiving the medical that they need (Tones, Robinson &Tilford, 2013). It is observed that these delays in the emergency room are likely to lead to advancement into the poor health condition of the individual. Any delays in the provision of services to the patients are likely to result into more serious health complications as well as patients’ dissatisfaction.

The mobile application software is a technology that is being implemented to reduce the patient wait time.  According to Ozdalga, Ozdalga & Ahuja (2012) the application can assist the patient choose a health care facility that will reduce their wait time. Moreover the mobile apps is also essential in reducing the perceived versus the actual patient wait time. As such it is expected that the use of the application in any health care setting is likely to reduce significantly the patient wait time (Marsha & Handel, 2011). It is however, important that the cost effectiveness of implementing the app be determined. As much as its application is likely to ensure that the patients are satisfied it is vital that its economic importance in the management of the patient be determined. Based on the two papers by West and Kropf the current paper presents and evaluation of the social and economic benefits of adopting the mobile apps in the management of the patient wait time. The paper begins with the analysis of the selected papers and an evaluation of their suitability in economic evaluation of the chosen technology. The social and economic benefit of the technology in addressing the delays in patient admission observed in the emergency room is also provided.