PS3-2 : Technology for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: Can we rely on it for the future?


Mobile health (mHealth), the use of wireless, portable Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to support health and health care, is increasingly being used to support women through pregnancy and childbirth and to facilitate newborn and child health. Indeed, in a world in which internet access and possession of mobile technologies is rapidly becoming commonplace, even throughout low- and middle-income countries, the potential of mHealth to increase equitable access to health services and improve MNCH is increasingly becoming more evident.

However, despite the increase in interest and implementation of such initiatives, the evidence remains weak as to their impact, how to best leverage and scale them and how then can effectively contribute to health systems strengthening.

To date, the majority of mHealth projects in MNCH have tended to be small–scale donor–funded initiatives, which have often taken place without the ability to generate an adequate evidence–base and few have been scaled up with the direct involvement of Ministries of Health.
Also, there is a need to understand the place and roles of such initiatives, as mHealth technologies are only one among many efforts that countries can and must take to improve MNCH. Moreover, these efforts should be accompanied by actions to strengthen service provision as well as health promotion interventions.

In this session, we propose to examine experiences in implementing, scaling up and evaluating mHealth technologies to improve MNCH. We will do this by inviting panelists who can share their experiences from the following perspectives: 1) from implementing small-scale mHealth projects with the vision to scale up 2) from scaling up mHealth technologies following initial pilots; and 3) from institutionalization of mHealth initiatives at national level. ; 4) from consolidating evidence on mHealth experiences and identifying research gaps at each phase



  1. To identify challenges and gaps in implementing, evaluating, scaling up and institutionalizing mHealth technologies for improving MNCH.
  2. To present the state of the research in applying mHealth technologies to MNCH at different phases and research gaps.
  3. To discuss critically the place and roles of mHealth within MNCH strategies, in health systems strengthening and in increasing equitable access to health services



Loutan Louis
ChairmanHUG Switzerland
Perkins JanetChairmanEnfants du MondeSwitzerland
Ayéréoué JonasMortalité et morbidité néonatale: une base pour panifier des stratégies adaptées aux besoins spécifiques du Nord du Burkina Faso Hôpital PersisBurkina Faso
Benski Caroline
HUG Switzerland
Foutry GuillaumeIeDA Innovation: Large-scale deployment of a digital job aid for under-five care in primary healthcare facilities in rural Burkina FasoTerre des hommesBurkina Faso
Mehl Garrett




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PS : Parallel session PS-2 : Health care