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Mobile health (mHealth) approaches and lessons for increased performance and retention of community health workers in low-and middle-income countries
Mobile health (mHealth) describes the use of portable electronic devices with software applications to provide health services and manage patient information. With approximately 5 billion mobile phone users globally, opportunities for mobile technologies to play a formal role in health services, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, are increasingly being recognized. mHealth can also support the performance of health care workers by the dissemination of clinical updates, learning materials, and reminders, particularly in underserved rural locations in low- and middle-income countries where community health workers deliver integrated community case management to children sick with diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria.
This article from the Journal of Internet Medical Research reviews the intersection of cellular technology and public health in low- and middle-income countries to identify promising practices and experiences learned, as well as novel and innovative approaches of how mHealth can support community health workers.
Learn about how the K4Health Malawi Pilot Project, implemented between 2010 and 2012, worked in collaboration with Frontline SMS and the Ministry of Health to create an SMS-based mobile phone network between district health centers and community health workers (CHWs).
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Facts for Family Planning presents a comprehensive collection of key information and messages that anyone can use who communicates to others about family planning. Although a variety of individuals and groups can use Facts for Family Planning, it is primarily designed for those who communicate with men and women who are seeking information about family planning and help in selecting a family planning method.
Facts for Family Planning is modeled on the early, popular versions of Facts for Life, a book that helped the child survival community communicate consistently about an emerging body of knowledge and best practices.
Facts for Family Planning contains ten easy-to-read chapters, each provides an overview of key facts to provide the most basic information for quick reference, but also delivers more in-depth supporting statistics and content to provide a comprehensive look at family planning, specifically designed for a developing country perspective.
Facts for Family Planning has been developed to facilitate the work of community health workers, counselors and others in providing information on family planning. The content is also easily adaptable for communication strategies and outreach programs aimed at impacting a broader audience through the media and journalists.