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Improving Women’s Health by Ensuring Maternal Health Product Availability

This post is part of a blog series on maternal health commodities. To view the entire series, click here. Written by: Suzy Sacher and Paula Nersesia of John Snow, Inc. Center for Health Logistics To improve women’s health, supply chains for essential health products must be able to deliver medicines and supplies reliably to women when and where they need them. Ensuring maternal health product availability requires well-functioning health supply chains and health staff who are trained to correctly forecast requirements, procure products on time, manage inventory, monitor supplies, maintain storage facilities, and distribute products securely.

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Mobile Phones and Rural Livelihoods: Diffusion, Uses, and Perceived Impacts…

Author: Lee Martin, Brandie, Eric Abbott Publication Type: Journal article Publication Date: Nov 2011 Publisher/Journal: Information Technologies and International Development Publication language: English Abstract: To successfully use mobile phones to aid development efforts, understanding the impact of the social structure on mobile phone adoption, uses, perceived impacts, and reinvention of uses is invaluable. Interviews were conducted with 90 mobile phone-owning holders of small-to-medium-sized farms, 50 women and 40 men, actively involved in agricultural development-based farm groups in Kamuli District, Uganda. Respondents indicated use of the mobile phone for coordinating access to agricultural inputs, market information, to monitor finanancial transactions, and to consult with agricultural experts. Over time, the number and variety of agricultural uses increased among all users, indicating that adoption occurs for a few key purposes, but that uses will be added or reinvented to meet changing needs. This study identified a number of unique uses, including storing local market trends in the calendar, using the speakerphone function for group consultation with agricultural experts, and taking photos of agricultural demonstrations Location Countries: Uganda Research Paper – Link to or Upload Paper URL: http://itidjournal.org/itid/ar…

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A Closer Look at Lifesaving Maternal Health Medicines

Written by Rachel Wilson,  the senior director of policy and advocacy at PATH and co-chair of the Maternal Health Supplies Working Group Today could be the beginning of a significant, life-saving shift for maternal health. The United Nations Children’s Fund  and the United Nations Population Fund launched a high-level commission to improve access to essential but overlooked health supplies, including medicines that could save the lives of millions of women. Worldwide, an estimated 350,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth every year. Most maternal deaths can be prevented with affordable and effective medicines, such as oxytocin, misoprostol, and magnesium sulfate.

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Advancing the Dialogue On Mobile Finance and Mobile Health

Author: Gence, Menekse, Jody Ranc. Publication Type: Report/White paper Publication Date: Mar 2012 Publisher/Journal: mHealth Alliance Publication language: English Abstract: In the coming years the global health community will turn more attention to the issue of universal health coverage, and new micro-savings and micro-insurance products arelikely to enter developing country markets, often facilitated through the use of mobilemoney. The case studies of emerging business models presented in this paper could actas a launching point for a community of practice and global discussion on new businessmodels in mHealth / Mobile Finance Services (MFS) and the contribution they can make to enhance access to healthsystems and extend the reach of insurance to the poor.The objectives of this second report are to:1. Identify the newest MFS and mHealth intersection use cases that have been, orwill be, implemented in the near term that could provide significant value to healthsystem strengthening including those associated with the Millennium DevelopmentGoals (MDGs) of reducing child mortality rates and improving maternal health;2.

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The Developmental Contribution from Mobile Phones Across the Agricultural…

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Sewing Seeds with SMS: Assessing Mobile Phones’ Role in Agricultural…

Mobile phones may be one mechanism to increase effectiveness and efficiency for agricultural extension in low-income countries. Agricultural extension, broadly defined as the delivery of information to small-scale farmers, was developed to counteract information asymmetries suffered by farmers with limited access to information sources like landline phones, newspapers, radios and TV programming.

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Mobilizing Development: The UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation…

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Mobile Money For Health: A Two-Part MobileActive.org Series

Mobile phones are being tried and tested in myriad ways in health care.

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Zambia: Implementing The End Use Verification Survey Using Mobile Phone Technology

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Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa

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