Sierra Leone: mHealth for Maternal and Newborn Health in Resource-Poor Community and Health Systems Settings (Phase 1, Dec 2010 – Aug 2011)
The main rationale for using mHealth as a strategy is to improve access to services, disease diagnosis and treatment, quality of care and cost-effectiveness. The available literature identifies a number of areas where mobile phone technology, usually as part of a broader set of interventions, potentially can make a difference in favour of maternal and newborn health. However, few scientific studies have been undertaken that evaluate health outcomes.
Sierra Leone is in the bottom rankings of the Human Development Index with unacceptably high maternal and child mortality rates. In this context and given the perceived potential of mHealth, the Sierra Leonean partners Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the University of Sierra Leone and the Medical Research Centre teamed up with the Royal Tropical Institute, Text to Change and YozuMannion to jointly submit a winning research proposal for Phase 1 of the DFID ‘New and Emerging Technologies Research Competition’, called ‘mHealth for maternal and newborn health in resource-poor community and health systems settings – Sierra Leone’.
The proposal objective for Phase 1 was to assess the feasibility of introducing and operating selected mobile communication technologies for improved provider-initiated communication on maternal and newborn health in a fragile health system in resource-poor community and health system settings; the outcome was a research proposal. Phase 2, which is starting in November 2011, consists of implementing the Phase 1 research proposal.
The reports resulting from Phase 1:
Technical brief: mHealth for maternal and newborn health in resource-poor and health system settings, Sierra Leone
mhealth for Maternal and Newborn Health in resource-poor community and health systems settings, Sierra Leone. Phase I Final Report
Team members: Dr E. Magbity*, Ms S. Kamara*, Dr H. Jalloh-Vos**; Mr H. Ormel***, Mr H.v.Beijma****.
For more information, please contact H.Ormel.
* Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
** Medical Research Centre, Sierra Leone
*** Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), the Netherlands
**** Text to Change, the Netherlands/Uganda