Ownership and use of mobile phones among health workers, caregivers of sick children and adult patients in Kenya: cross-sectional national survey

The rapid growth in mobile phone penetration and use of Short Message Service (SMS) has been seen as a potential solution to improve medical and public health practice in Africa. Several studies have shown effectiveness of SMS interventions to improve health workers’ practices, patients’ adherence to medications and availability of health facility commodities. To inform… Read more




Nutrition Data and Accountability

This report includes the following sections: Use of community scorecards (CSCs) to improve nutrition services: A World Bank pilot project in Maharashtra, India measured improvements in child malnutrition as a result of CSCs. An IDS paper concludes that it is unknown if social audits improve nutrition status, but can reasonably infer improvements from improvements in… Read more




mHealth

mHealth refers to medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices.  Mobile phones and internet technology are being used in developing countries for health projects with some success. The bulk of the literature is on phones being used for workers to communicate with patients and for reporting and surveillance, rather than for communication between… Read more




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