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Socio-cultural contextual factors that contribute to the uptake of a mobile health intervention to enhance maternal health care in rural Senegal.

A notable amount of progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality rates over the past 25 years in Senegal. However, the national maternal mortality ratio remains unacceptably high. With mobile health (mHealth) interventions been used increasingly in rural and remote areas of the country, this study looks at the application of CommCare. CommCare is an application that runs on cell phones distributed to community health workers to enroll and track women through their pregnancy, birth and post-partum.

Pediatric hearing screening in low-resource settings: Incorporation of video-otoscopy and an electronic medical record.

This study aimed to develop a sustainable and comprehensive approach to pediatric hearing care in low- and middle-income countries. It involved the use of a smartphone-based platform to perform hearing screening and video otoscopy.  The technology was applied by community health workers (CHWs) in Kilifi county in Kenya

Using mobile technologies to support the training of community health workers in low-income and middle-income countries: mapping the evidence

This systematic review looks at a range of literature published between 2000-2018 on the application of mobile technologies for training community health workers in low and middle countries. The article looks at the use of these technologies across 9 global healthcare areas including neglected areas of disability and mental health.
 

A Novel Mobile Health Tool for Home-Based Identification of Neonatal Illness in Uganda: Formative Usability Study.

This study aimed to assess the usability and acceptability of the NeMo system in rural Uganda. NeMo is an intuitive platform for neonatal assessment in a home setting. The study involved the application of the system by target users and volunteer community health workers (CHWs).

Clinical evaluation of the use of an mhealth intervention on quality of care provided by Community Health Workers in southwest Niger

As part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) integrated community case management (iCCM) Rapid Access Expansion Program (RAcE), World Vision Niger and Canada worked with the Niger Ministry of Health to enable implementation of iCCM in four districts of Niger in 2013. This paper presents a two-arm cluster randomized trial which looked at the impact of an mhealth approach focused on improving quality of care (QoC) deployed by community health works.

Role of community health worker in a mobile health program for early detection of oral cancer

Increased incidence of oral cancer is largely seen in low-resource settings. This study looked at the use of a mobile phone based oral cancer screening program  carried out by community health workers (CHWs). The CHWs screened for mucosal lesions and were able to use the mHealth (mobile health) approach effectively.

Empowering Community Health Workers With Mobile Technology to Treat Diabetes

The global prevalence of diabetes has been rising steadily since the 1980s and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are struggling to manage the epidemic. This article looks at a clinical decision support smartphone app designed to provide support to community health workers in rural Guatemala . The app aids with lay help community health workers manage diabetes among patients.

 

Effect of a community health worker mHealth monitoring system on uptake of maternal and newborn health services in Rwanda

This study evaluates the impact of a mobile phone (mHealth) monitoring system- RapidSMS on improving access to proven maternal and newborn health interventions. Using an interrupted time series design, the study looks at the effect of the mHealth intervention on antenatal care, health facility delivery and vaccination.

Visibility in community health work mediated by mobile health systems: A case of Malawi

The authors assess community health workers’ visibility within a technological space. They argue that  mHealth makes CHW’s work more visible by showing their use of mHealth and data systems in different locations and making their data accessible beyond their direct supervisors.   

A real-time medical cartography of epidemic disease (Nodding syndrome) using village-based lay mHealth reporters

This article describes the feasibility of developing real-time, village-based health surveillance of an epidemic of Nodding syndrome (NS) using software-programmed smartphones operated by minimally trained lay mHealth reporters in northern Uganda. 

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