The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

Monday, May 16 • 14:00 - 14:45
Mobile Technology for Health in Ghana (MOTECH): Overview of Platform Message Delivery and User Response FULL

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The Mobile Technology for Health platform delivers two interrelated mobile applications in Ghana - "Mobile Midwife" and the "Client Data Application". Mobile Midwife enables pregnant women to receive pre-recorded voice messages on their mobile phones that provide time-specific pregnancy information. The Client Data Application enabled frontline health workers to use mobile phones to electronically record care given to patients and identify women and infants in their area that are due or overdue for care. In this presentation, we review data on message delivery and user response across study sites and over time from 2011-2014. Findings suggest that less than 50% of expected messages were delivered. 63% to 91% of women who received messages during pregnancy and/or postpartum were listened to; where listening is defined as having to listen to at least 50% the length of each message. Among pregnant women, almost 90% chose to listen to messages received; however, postpartum rates of active listening decline significantly over time. By thematic area, the highest interest in messages were around routine care seeking during pregnancy care and help during emergencies.


Dr. Amnesty LeFevre

Assistant Scientist, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Monitoring and Evaluation of digital health programs Design and implementation of maternal newborn and child health programs in low and middle income countries Economic evaluation

Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45 EAT
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