Mobile Health Technology in Rwanda

The Rwanda Ministry of Health is investing in mobile health (mHealth) technology. In August 2009, the Ministry launched an mHealth (M-Ubuzima) initiative to support community health workers in maternal and child health interventions by utilizing mobile technology. 432 community health workers, who are responsible for maternal health in the Musanze district, were given mobile phones equipped with Rapid SMS tools. These mobiles allow health workers to report difficult cases, complications or emergencies to the nearest clinic or hospital, and improve maternal health information tracking by capturing data about pre-natal health, delivery, and birth outcomes. The pilot project has produced hopeful results, and the goal is to give mobiles to all maternal health workers across the country and eventually to all community health workers.

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