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Assessing implementation modalities of mhealth intervention on pregnant women in Dschang health district, west region of Cameroon

Journal article
Authors Nkemngu Blake Afutendem
Aubin Nino Baleba
Azefack Léon Tapondjou
Claude Ngwayu Nkfusai
Vecheusi Zennobia Viyoff
Frankline Sanyuy Nsai
Joyce Shirinde
Samuel Nambile Cumber
Published in Pan African Medical Journal
Volume 33
ISSN 1937-8688
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.11604/pamj.2019....
www.panafrican-med-journal.com/cont...
Keywords Pregnant women, implementation Modalities, mHealth, Dschang health district, West Region, Cameroon
Subject categories Other Medical Sciences, Basic Medicine, Health Sciences

Abstract

Introduction: every 90 seconds, a woman dies of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, resulting in more than 340,000 maternal deaths a year. Antenatal care (ANC) and postnatal care (PNC) are significant determinants of maternal health and, particularly, safe motherhood. Antenatal care is an important predictor of safe delivery and provides health information and services that can improve the health of women and infants. mHealth broadly encompasses the use of mobile telecommunication and multimedia technologies as they are integrated within increasingly mobile and wireless health care delivery systems. This study aimed at assessing the acceptable implementation modalities of mHealth intervention on pregnant Women in Dschang health district, West Region of Cameroon.ng ba. Methods: this was a cross sectional descriptive study in the Dschang health district, west region of Cameroon. Key informants were all pregnant women from 18 years and above and a total of 372 pregnant women were included. This study was carried out from March to July 2017. Results: majority of the women, that is, 252(67.74%) were married, 117(31.45%) declaredtheir status as being single, while 3(0.81%) were devorced.Out of the 335 women that declared wanting anmHealth intervention, 41.79% of this number preferred SMS texts in the afternoon, 111(33.13%) in the evening, 46(13.73%) anytime and 38(11.34%) in the morning hours. A total of 83.33% women confirmedusing telephone services. Conclusion: this study reveals that cell phones would be the acceptable medium of providing pregnancy and postpartum support to women in the Dschang health district. This is justified by the fact that a vast majority of women interviewed had access to a cell phone and referred to it as their desired and accepted means of communication.

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