Maternal & Child Health – Mhealth

Dr Alain Bernard Labrique, Professor at John Hopkins Global, U.S.A.

Overview of recent global developments across the landscape of Digital Health interventions for RMNCAH – touching on the work we have done with the WHO Classifications of Digital Health, the recent Guidelines and Systematic Reviews, some work we’ve done on opportunity-mapping for Digital in the RMNCAH, with a few case studies, and ending on some recent data from our large RCT in Bangladesh, where we show a marked reduction in perinatal mortality and SBs associated with a digital health intervention

Dr. Pablo Duran, Latin American Center for Perinatology (CLAP) PAHO-WHO, Uruguay 

Information and communication technologies and neonatal health in the Region of the Americas: present situation and challenges
Perinatal outcomes contribute substantially to the burden of mortality, disease, and disability. There are important limitations in the implementation of evidence-based interventions in newborn health. eHealth may contribute on improving health outcomes, efficiency, and productivity in healthcare delivery. During the session we will present the scientific evidence on the use and results of information and communication technologies for the improvement of neonatal health in general or specific health problems or interventions, characteristics, and results. We will discuss the potential of eHealth in general and specifically focused on neonatal health, the possibilities, and challenges within the framework of Global and Regional strategies.

Mr. Mbang Masson Douglas, Founder and CEO, Public Health Innovations, Cameroon 

mHealth for better Maternal and Child Health outcomes in Cameroon, Central Africa

Although the use of mHealth for Maternal and Child Health programs in Cameroon, Central Africa is not widespread, a big difference can be seen in the outcomes when we examine the few initiatives that have been launched and implemented in this field. Our presentation will focus on describing how Maternal and Child Health outcomes have been improved following the introduction of mHealth strategies in some programs in the urban and rural areas of Cameroon, Central Africa. More precisely, we will describe the different applications of mHealth that have been implemented to contribute to this success, what worked well and what did not work well. Last but not the least, we will share some of the challenges that have prevented the optimal use of these mHealth strategies.