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Tuesday, May 16 • 12:30 - 13:15
Use of mHealth platform for improving maternal and child health in Uganda LIMITED

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Introduction: The project, mHealth mobile platform, has been used as a useful innovation in capturing, relaying and using data for one of the WV project model called timed targeted Counseling.

Method: 896 community health workers were trained and they have been able to contribute in improving maternal and child health indicators in communities where the application was implemented. The application was implemented jointly with the mobile service provider, CHWs, the district health authorities and World Vision. The MoH and district staff were trained to generate the data for quality monitoring and use for decision making. Pre and post intervention evaluation was conducted to assess the impact on key maternal and child health indicators. LiST mathematical model was used to estimate the contribution in reducing infant mortality rate and maternal mortality ratio.

Result: The apparatus allowed the CHWs to register and follow up pregnant women, lactating mothers and children and be able to transfer the data on a monthly basis. Moreover, the phone has been able to provide key messages for each visits and remind about due visits. The study finding showed educated and those experienced with cellphone has been able to use better. The use of mobile technology enabled mothers and children to access health care services and utilize them in a timely manner. CHWs used the phones to coordinate with the health facilities for emergency referrals. This has contributed to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with maternal and child health and nutrition and enhance the well-being of children.

Conclusion and recommendation: this application can be applied in similar developing countries contexts. New ICT technologies are needed to address the challenges observed in resource limited settings like the study area. These adaptations needed are in areas of improving mobile coverage for CHWs serving remote communities, reducing subscription fee, access to alternative electric power for mobile charging and mobile phone functioning problems.

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Sisay Sinamo Boltena

Senior Technical Advisor, Health and Nutrition, World Vision International
Dr. Sisay has a Master of Public Health degree from University of the Western Cape and a doctorate Degree in Medicine from Addis Ababa University Medical School. He worked in developmental and emergency health and nutrition programming in the past 16 years. He successfully provided... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:30 - 13:15 IST