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Type Journal Article - Journal of telemedicine and telecare
Title A pilot study on mobile phones as a means to access maternal health education in eastern rural Uganda
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
URL http://jtt.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/07/24/1357633X14545433.abstract
Maternal mortality in Uganda has remained relatively high since 2006. We studied access to mobile phones and people's interest in receiving audio-based maternal health lessons delivered via a toll-free telephone line. Interviews were conducted, using a male and a female translator, with 42 men and 41 women in four villages located in eastern rural Uganda. Most of the participants were recruited through systematic sampling, but some were recruited through community organizations and antenatal clinics. Ownership of a mobile phone was reported by 79% of men and by 42% of women. Among those who did not own a mobile phone, 67% of men and 88% of women reported regularly borrowing a mobile phone. Among women, 98% reported interest in receiving maternal mobile health lessons, and 100% of men. Providing local communities with mobile maternal health education offers a new potential method of reducing maternal mortality.
Accepted June 27, 2014.

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