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
|Perkins Janet||Chairman||Enfants du Monde||Switzerland|
|Ayéréoué Jonas||Mortalité et morbidité néonatale: une base pour panifier des stratégies adaptées aux besoins spécifiques du Nord du Burkina Faso||Hôpital Persis||Burkina Faso|
|Foutry Guillaume||IeDA Innovation: Large-scale deployment of a digital job aid for under-five care in primary healthcare facilities in rural Burkina Faso||Terre des hommes||Burkina Faso|
|Mehl Garrett ||WHO||Switzerland|
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