Marine Aldahdah’s article on mobile phones for maternal health in EPW

Marine Aldahdah’s article on mobile phones for maternal health in EPW


In 2016, seven billion people were mobile phone users, thus propelling the mobile phone head of other information and communication technologies (ICTs). Whether it be mobile personal health records or confidential clinical data sent via text messaging, these devices are increasingly used to provide “better” health services in a context of reduced health expenditure and increased involvement of patients. Substantial research has been conducted on eHealth—health on the internet—in recent years, mainly regarding the nature and the value of health information on the web (Adams and Berg 2004), the redefinition of the roles of lay and expert in health, and the subsequent transformation of the patient–caregiver relationship (Henwood et al 2003). Yet, very little research has been conducted on the use of the mobile phone and wireless technology within health programmes, called mHealth or mobile health, and especially in the global South, or in development contexts. However, the impact of mobile technologies on healthcare in such contexts raises critical questions that become particularly acute in the context of increased access to mobile phones in India.

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Ref.: AL DAHAD M., 2018. Mobile Phones for Maternal Health in Rural Bihar: Reducing the Access Gap?, Economic & Political Weekly,
Vol. 53 (11): 17 Mar, 2018, [Online]

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