FP (21) Using mHealth to provide RH/FP information and services

3 August, 2018

Dear all,

I would like to provide a response to the comment on adolescent and youth mobile phone use. It is true that increased access to mobile phones have provided an avenue for youth to be exposed to negative sexual platforms. However, mobile phone use will only continue to rise, as over 87% of youth in developing countries are mobile phone subscribers.

Using mHealth to provide RH/FP information and services is critical in this day and age. Often times youth are not able to access information from health centers because of stigma or embarrassment, thus using mHealth as a platform is beneficial. There are several projects that K4Health has listed in the research brief: Mobile Phone Programs For Adolescent And Youth Sexual And Reproductive Health in Low- And Middle- Income Countries [https://www.k4health.org/resources/mobile-phone-programs-adolescent-and-.... For example, mCenas! was introduced in Mozambique. The project launched the country’s first youth centered text messaging campaign, which gave information on sexual health and contraception. Over 17,000 requests for information were made by 2,000 of their youth subscribers. Channeling mHealth as a method to give RH/FP information and services can be an effective form of education today.

Best,

Fikre Keith

Fikre Keith | Officer I, Programs

IntraHealth International | Because Health Workers Save Lives.

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HIFA profile: Fikre Keith is a Program Officer at IntraHealth International in the USA. Professional interests: Maternal and Newborn Health. fkeith AT intrahealth.org