In order to solve the problem of the declining birthrate, this project aims to work together with citizens to create the city that is most friendly to mothers and children. We are promoting the theme of SDGs Goal 3, "Good health and well-being for all."
In this project, in Iwamizawa City, Hokkaido, we achieved a reduction in the number of low birth weight babies (from 10.4% in 2015 to 6.3% in 2019) through a "maternal and child health survey" that continuously follows mothers from pregnancy to childbirth and childcare. In addition, we are providing recurring meals that are optimal for mothers and children, as well as home and remote maternal health checkups and medical treatment in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically, we will use samples (big data) such as stool, blood, umbilical cord blood, and breast milk from pregnant women and infants to comprehensively analyze the effects of mothers on their children, and build a system to provide support and care for mothers and children. I am. Furthermore, based on the findings of maternal and child health surveys, local governments and companies are working together to promote health support systems, such as delivering optimal food to individuals.
In addition, for the first time in Japan, we have started home and remote maternal health check-ups and medical treatment, as well as home delivery of prescription drugs. This connects expectant mothers and medical institutions through medical equipment and video conversations, allowing them to prepare for childbirth at home, thereby contributing to reducing the risk of infection for expectant mothers and healthcare workers.
This project won the Science Council of Japan President's Award at the 3rd Japan Open Innovation Awards sponsored by the Cabinet Office.
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