ZMD mHealth for Maternal Health Resource Center
Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) Resources
mHealth Knowledge by K4Health
The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) was launched in 2011 as a public-private partnership between USAID, Johnson & Johnson, the UN Foundation, and BabyCenter with the goal of catalyzing a global community to deliver vital health information to new and expectant mothers and their families through mobile phones. BabyCenter created a core set of messages for MAMA that are timed and targeted to pregnant women and infants through three years old. Over the course of four and a half years, MAMA successfully reached over 7.5 million women and families with vital health information. The messages are free and adaptable and were informed by experts in maternal, newborn, and child health. Cumulatively, these messages are being used by more than 160 organizations in more than 54 countries around the world. All tools, resources and reports produced by the project may be accessed below.
mHealth for Maternal Health
Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)
On April 7-8, 2014, the Maternal Health Task Force convened a technical meeting entitled “mHealth for Maternal Health: bridging the gaps,” in partnership the World Health Organization Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The meeting brought 50 researchers, implementers and donors from both the maternal health and mHealth communities together to share their perspectives on improving maternal health through mHealth technologies. For results and resources from the meeting, visit the link below.
Leveraging Mobile Technologies to Promote Maternal & Newborn Health
The objective of this report is twofold:
(1) to describe the current state of mHealth intervention design, implementation, and evaluation that can be leveraged to improve maternal and newborn health globally and
(2) to identify ways to strategically advance mHealth in maternal and newborn care, as well as strategies for scaling up interventions. The report prioritized information from 13 LMICs in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. A total of 70 projects related to maternal and newborn health (MNH) and 160 projects in other health areas were identified.
RESEARCH & EVIDENCE
Special Delivery: An Analysis of mHealth in Maternal and Newborn Health Programs and Their Outcomes Around the World
Maternal and Child Health Journal
This literature review provides a schematic overview of the outcomes, barriers, and strategies of integrating mHealth to improve prenatal and neonatal health outcomes. Six electronic databases were methodically searched using predetermined search terms. Retrieved articles were then categorized according to themes identified in previous studies. A total of 34 articles and reports contributed to the findings with information about the use and limitations of mHealth for prenatal and neonatal healthcare access and delivery. Health systems have implemented mHealth programs to facilitate emergency medical responses, point-of-care support, health promotion and data collection. However, the policy infrastructure for funding, coordinating and guiding the sustainable adoption of prenatal and neonatal mHealth services remains under-developed. The integration of mobile health for prenatal and newborn health services has demonstrated positive outcomes, but the sustainability and scalability of operations requires further feedback from and evaluation of ongoing programs.
Effectiveness of mHealth interventions for maternal, newborn and child health in low– and middle–income countries: Systematic review and meta–analysis
Journal of Global Health
A number of efforts have attempted to map the state of the evidence relating to mHealth for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in LMIC, but no rigorous systematic reviews exist on this specific topic. As we move on from the Millennium Development Goals and plan forward strategies for improving MNCH, mHealth is likely to play an increasing important role in light of continuing health needs and the growing global penetration of mobile technologies.
This study synthesized the evidence on the effect of mHealth interventions on MNCH in LMIC, with a particular focus on studies reporting impacts on patient outcomes.
mHealth and MNCH: State of the Evidence
mHealth Alliance / UN Foundation
The mHealth Alliance as commissioned this report to present the findings of a needs assessment and gaps analysis of the current state of the evidence in mHealth, using maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) as a use case. The intent for the needs assessment and gaps analysis summarized in this report is to 1) identify gaps in the evidence base and 2) advocate for and encourage others to undertake research to fill these knowledge gaps and build the evidence base for mHealth. The report
aims to identify challenges and make recommendations towards enhancing the mHealth for MNCH evidence base the primary intended audience is the alliance’s evidence working group and other stakeholders who generate and use evidence in mHealth for MNCH.
GUIDES, FRAMEWORKS & TOOLKITS
Maternal mHealth Solution / Product and Technology Framework
This mHealth Product / Solutions and Technology (P&T) Framework has principles, models, concepts, and guidelines for delivering interoperable mobile solutions for maternal health. It was developed based on information and research carried out during the implementation of a national pregnancy registry (NPR) and maternal messaging program in South Africa, known as the MomConnect project, as well as other mobile and maternal health programs and projects in other countries, such as Rwanda. The Framework broadens and extends previous work developed by the GSMA, Jembi and others, under the auspices of the South African National Task Team for Maternal mHealth. Specifics of the South African case study are detailed in Appendix One.
This P&T Framework necessarily deals only with a single solution to the challenge of providing a national interoperable solution and technology infrastructure for messaging. Other frameworks exist, notably the MoTeCH suite.
A Practical Guide for Engaging with Mobile Operators in mHealth for RMNCH
World Health Organization
Awareness is growing of the ways in which mobile health (mHealth) innovations can catalyse the implementation of proven health interventions that target health systems, health facilities, health workers and clients.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has played a leading role in guiding the efforts to generate and document evidence in this growing field, as well as in developing resources and capacity. By serving as the Secretariat for the mHealth Technical and Evidence Review Group for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, it works to identify mHealth innovations that have been shown to add value to health systems.
Mobile 4 Reproductive Health (m4RH) Toolkit
The Mobile 4 Reproductive Health (m4RH) toolkit provides information and tips from FHI 360’s work in mobile technology for health over several years and is intended to share lessons learned as well as facilitate replication of this SMS-based family planning and reproductive health information service. The toolkit includes an overview of m4RH, recent demographic and use data gathered through routine system use and from several studies, sample messages, costing data and a description of our message development and adaptation process.