FP (28) Using mHealth to provide RH/FP information and services (3)

6 August, 2018

Thanks for your comment on mHealth, Fikre. I absolutely agree that mHealth is an essential tool in increasing access to reproductive health information for youth.

I recently came across a set of study protocols [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5748473/] and initial methodology articles [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5930955/] that may be of interest to this discussion. A team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine collaborated with the International Planned Parenthood Foundation to conduct randomised controlled trials in Tajikistan, Palestine and Bolivia. The study is testing young people's (aged 15-24) acceptability of certain contraceptive methods and any change in usage as the result of a mHealth intervention. What I think is particularly notable about these studies is that they are tailoring the interventions based on specific country-level reasons why women from these age groups have an unmet need for contraception, and yet are not using a modern method. I look forward to seeing the results.

Is anyone on the HIFA group affiliated with these studies and can provide us more information?

Thank you,

Amelia

HIFA profile: Amelia Plant is a consultant in sexual & reproductive health research & practice. She is originally from the USA and is currently based in Tunis, Tunisia. asiplant AT gmail.com