New Paper Explores Use of Information and Communication Technology in Family Planning
The MSH-led AIDSTAR-Two Project, funded by USAID, has published a new technical paper, "The Use of Information and Communication Technology in Family Planning, Reproductive Health, and other Health Programs: A Review of Trends and Evidence", which focuses on how new technology – particularly mobile technologies – has the capacity to improve access to family planning and reproductive health information and services.
The paper presents examples of information and communication technologies being used in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Malawi, India and Bangladesh, and looks at how digital platforms and mobile technology are being integrated into the overall health system strengthening approach. The paper is being released in conjunction with the 2011 International Conference on Family Planning being held in Dakar, Senegal, November 29 through December 2.
By highlighting the myriad ways that these technologies are being used to advance family planning and reproductive health efforts in developing countries, and identifying the enabling conditions for further scale-up of these types of interventions, this paper is a valuable tool for those with an interest in how technology is responding to local needs as well as supporting national health programs and global health initiatives.
The AIDSTAR-Two Project offers proven strategies for magnifying the impact of HIV & AIDS programs, delivering organizational capacity building with an emphasis on management, leadership, governance, and organizational development. The AIDSTAR-Two Consortium is composed of Management Sciences for Health; International HIV/AIDS Alliance; Cardno Emerging Markets, USA, Ltd. (Cardno); Health and Development Africa; Initiatives, Inc.; Save the Children; and Religions for Peace.
For more information, visit www.aidstar-two.org.