MHTF Quarterly, Issue 3: mHealth for maternal health
The MHTF Quarterly shares resources, research and news in key maternal health areas. Our focus here is on the use of mobile technology for improving maternal health.
The release of new maternal morality estimates and proposals for the post-2015 maternal mortality targets demonstrate the power of information, data and statistics. Enumerating maternal deaths and disabilities at global, national and sub-national levels is critical to assessing appropriate strategies and tools to more effectively deliver maternal health services post-2015.
Information and communication technology (ICT) is emerging as a powerful method to help overcome barriers to delivering, monitoring and evaluating high-quality maternal healthcare. Increasing uptake of mobile phones in low- and middle-income countries offers new opportunities for implementers, researchers and maternal health service providers; ICT enables them to expand their reach to pregnant women and link them to health services, support health providers in point-of-care decision-making, and strengthen health systems through more efficient, transparent data collection. In contrast to the rapid rise of mobile phones in health systems, evidence about the extent to which mHealth optimizes high-quality maternal health interventions, lags behind. More than ever, evidence, tools and perspectives on how mHealth can help operationalize maternal health goals are needed.
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