mHealth in Low-Resource Settings

Making mobile phones work for women with fistula : the M-PESA experience in Kenya and Tanzania

Bangser, Maggie | cop. 2011
  • Author(s): Bangser, Maggie
  • Publisher: EngenderHealth. Fistula care
  • Pages: --
  • Keywords: maternal health services, mobile telecommunication services, health information, maternal welfare, transport, kenya, tanzania
Major barriers that women face in accessing fistula repair services is the cost of transport and a lack of information about treatment options and costs. This project uses a combination of mobile banking, public information, and free treatment in order to give women access to fistula repair.

Text messages could hasten tuberculosis drug compliance

Barclay, Eliza | 2009
  • Author(s): Barclay, Eliza
  • Publisher: The Lancet
  • Pages: 15--16
  • Keywords: mobile telecommunication services, tuberculosis, communicable diseases, therapeutics, south africa, pakistan
Several projects use mobile phone technologies to help patients with tuberculosis keep up with treatment regimens. SMS is tested as a cost-effective alternative to DOTS (directly observed treatment) to communicate with and monitor drug adherence among hard-to-reach patients in remote locations.

Could u txt me ur blood sample?

Barras, Colin | 2009
  • Author(s): Barras, Colin
  • Publisher: Reed business information
  • Pages: --
  • Keywords: mobile telecommunication services, scientific apparatus and instruments, diseases
A US team has designed a portable microscope that straps to a camera phone and can take images of blood or sputum samples. These images can be transmitted using SMS services or via the internet and used to diagnose a range of potentially fatal diseases.

SMS for life : a pilot project to improve anti-malarial drug supply management in rural Tanzania using standard technology

Barrington, Jim | 2010
  • Author(s): Barrington, Jim
  • Publisher: BioMed central
  • Pages: --
  • Keywords: disease control, mobile telecommunication services, rural health, malaria, data collection, health centres, tanzania
A 21-week pilot study was run in 2009-2010 in 129 health facilities in three districts of rural Tanzania. Mobile phones, SMS and electronic mapping technology were used to facilitate provision of comprehensive and accurate weekly stock counts from health facilities to district management teams.

SMS for life : Tanzania pilot project report : full report

Barrington, Jim and Wereko-Brobby, Olympia and Ziegler, René and Ward, Peter and Heffernan, Sue and Cooke, Tara | 2010
  • Author(s): Barrington, Jim and Wereko-Brobby, Olympia and Ziegler, RenĂ© and Ward, Peter and Heffernan, Sue and Cooke, Tara
  • Publisher: World health organization. Roll back malaria (RBM) [etc.]
  • Pages: --
  • Keywords: information technology, mobile telecommunication services, malaria, rural health, data collection, tanzania
A pilot project used mobile phones, SMS messages, internet and mapping technology to visualize weekly stock inventory of Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACTs) and Quinine Injectable for malaria treatment. It was implemented at 129 health facilities and 226 villages in rural Tanzania.

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This website aims to offer an up-to-date source of information and a platform for sharing knowledge on the current use, potentional and limitation of mHealth in low-resource settings.