This brief, jointly developed by TRAction and University of Heidelberg, is based on a qualitative research approach (44 in-depth interviews among providers from 16 facilities across the four intervention districts); the findings are representative of provider opinions. Information was gathered from nurses, clinical officers and medical assistants.
The TRAction project is supporting research conducted at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) examining an innovative mobile health (“mhealth”) intervention that utilizes mobile phones to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Termed “Aponjon,” the intervention package disseminates health messages aimed at changing maternal behavior to improve care practices and is administered by the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (“MAMA”).
TRAction is currently funding a research study in Bangladesh on adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH). This study builds on an existing SRH database compiled from the findings of a comprehensive study on adolescent SRH conducted by icddr,b, a social research institution in Bangladesh.
Globally, the explosion of mobile phone technology presents great potential for information dissemination and behavior change. In Bangladesh, a rapidly evolving landscape of technology & social media is poised to bring about societal change at unprecedented rates, in the context of a society with persistent & strong traditional values. Proliferation of mobile technology has also increased accessibility of geographically isolated populations.
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