Informal m-health: How are young people using mobile phones to bridge healthcare gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data collected in 2012–2014 from over 4500 young people (aged 8–25 y) in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa, this paper documents practices of using mobile phones to seek healthcare and the new therapeutic opportunities they create, alongside the constraints, contingencies and risks.

Intergenerational relations and the power of the cell phone: Perspectives on young people’s phone usage in sub-Saharan Africa

In this paper we reflect on the inter-generational encounters which are embedded in young people’s cell phone interactions, and consider the wider societal implications, not least the potential for associated shifts in the generational balance of power.

News: Making mHealth work for all

07/06/2017

Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) are going to have a major impact on health and health systems in the near future.  To ensure that everyone (including the very poor) benefits from this new technology, it is vital that those designing new technologies, people responsible for health systems and social researchers come together to explore the opportunities and potential challenges, especially for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

News: Strengthening health systems - Impact Initiative at the HSR2016

10/11/2016
The HSR2016 brings together over 2,000 policymakers and practitioners in Vancouver, Canada, from 14-18 November. The Impact Initiative is hosting two organised sessions during the Symposium - ‘Opportunities and Challenges: integrating mHealth into low- and middle-income health systems’ and ‘Disability, equity and rights: Sharing intersectional approaches to building responsive, resilient and inclusive health systems’.
Building upon a successful mobile phone-based education pilot program in Niger (Aker et al 2012), this research will assess the impact of a mobile phone-based adult education program in Niger in an expanded population.
Young man with mobile phone in Ghana
Exploring how the rapid expansion of mobile phone usage is impacting on young lives and examines how policy makers can support the positive aspects of change, with studies conducted across Ghana, Malawi and South Africa.
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