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A Smart Phone based Application for Early Detection of Pregnancy Complications in Kenya

by John Mbithi, Joseph Onderi Orero
International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Volume 147 - Number 10
Year of Publication: 2016
Authors: John Mbithi, Joseph Onderi Orero

John Mbithi, Joseph Onderi Orero . A Smart Phone based Application for Early Detection of Pregnancy Complications in Kenya. International Journal of Computer Applications. 147, 10 ( Aug 2016), 8-14. DOI=10.5120/ijca2016911190

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author = { John Mbithi, Joseph Onderi Orero },
title = { A Smart Phone based Application for Early Detection of Pregnancy Complications in Kenya },
journal = { International Journal of Computer Applications },
issue_date = { Aug 2016 },
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number = { 10 },
month = { Aug },
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issn = { 0975-8887 },
pages = { 8-14 },
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Lack of adequate information and timely response to pregnancy complications during prenatal care is a major cause of maternal mortality in Kenya. More women are dying from pregnancy and childbirth related causes such as pre-eclampsia, obstructed labor, infections, hemorrhage and high blood pressure. The purpose of this study was to develop an expert system incorporated on a mobile phone to detect pregnancy complications before birth. The system used rule based system to determine whether a mother has maternal risks and recommends prenatal care advice based on the condition of the expectant mother.

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Index Terms

Computer Science
Information Sciences


GSM- Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSMA 2013) Mobile Application or Mobile App or App – This is an application developed for small hand held devices that come either pre-installed on phones during manufacture or downloaded by customers from various mobile software distribution platforms. (Viswanathan 2013) Expert System- A computer program that attempts to act like a human expert on a particular subject area (Zwass 1985) e IMCI -electronic Integrated Management of Childhood Illness ES – Expert System HIV/AIDS-Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome