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mHealth Solutions for Family Planning Services

There is limited experience in India of using mobile phones for sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, in rural areas where service coverage is still insufficient and accurate information is lacking. Information and integral support can be provided by leveraging mobile health (mHealth) services, but issues of privacy and gender sensitivity are crucial for its success.

Technological advances in information and communication technology (ICT) have been accompanied by much enthusiasm over the opportunities created by mobile technologies in healthcare services. This has led to various innovations that arguably have improved public health and healthcare delivery in less developed societies and also in resource-poor settings (Akter et al 2010; Chigona et al 2013; Garai 2011; Källander et al 2013; Thomas 2012; Smith et al 2016). Telemedicine, emergency services, text messaging services, supervision and support services to the healthcare service staff, and data collection are among the functions that mobile telephony has brought in as new opportunities to develop services that would cater also to the underprivileged, rural, and less educated part of the population, and attempt to cover the “last mile.”

Reproductive health is among the fields in healthcare that are in the most urgent need for services that would help reach out to geographically, socially and culturally remote areas and the most underprivileged populations. mHealth offers a great promise to help cater to the needs of people with limited healthcare and family planning services and information in their everyday environment.

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Updated On : 29th Jun, 2020

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