Mobile health for non-communicable diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review of the literature and strategic framework for research

by Gerald S Bloomfield, Rajesh Vedanthan, Lavanya Vasudevan et al.
Globalization and Health 2014, 10:49 (13 June 2014)

19 pp. 1.4 MB:
http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/content/pdf/1744-8603-10-49.pdf

Mobile health (mHealth) approaches for non-communicable disease (NCD) care seems particularly applicable to sub-Saharan Africa given the penetration of mobile phones in the region. The evidence to support its implementation has not been critically reviewed. The authors conclude that there is insufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of mHealth for NCD care in sub-Saharan Africa. They present a framework for cataloguing evidence on mHealth strategies that incorporates health system challenges and stages of non-communicable disease care. This framework can guide approaches to fill evidence gaps in this area.

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