Using mobile technologies for public health holds the promise of rapid gains in Sierra Leone, but whether this is just virtual or can become a reality is yet to be known. While initiating mHealth interventions, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) together with partners KIT, MRC, USL embarked on this research project that aims to contribute to the evidence base for the health benefits of 'going mobile' in Sierra Leone
A Presentation by Hermen Ormel - KIT
This intervention study in Bombali district implemented Aug/12 - July/13 aimed to assess the effect of integrating mHealth strategies into existing health services and to improve health worker job satisfaction and maternal and newborn health service utilization (ANC, delivery, PNC, family planning).
The study used a phased implementation design (and so created an 'internal' non-intervention/control group) and a mixed-method approach i.e involving both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The research has been completed and the findings were presented this morning. Once a digital copy is made available MamaYe will share the findings.
Under the direction of the MoHS continues to explore mHealth as a viable tool for improving access to quality health care at community level for mothers and babies in Sierra Leone.