Impact of m-Health application used by community health volunteers on improving utilization of maternal, newborn and child health care services in a rural area of Uttar Pradesh, India.

OBJECTIVE: To raise the quality of counselling by community health volunteers resulting in improved uptake of maternal, neonatal and child health services (MNCH), an m-health application was introduced under a project named 'Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND)' in district Kaushambi in India. We report the impact of this project on coverage of key MNCH services. METHODS: A pre and post quasi-experimental design was undertaken to assess the impact of intervention. This project was introduced in two community development blocks in Kaushambi district in 2012. Two other blocks from the same district were selected as controls after matching for coverage of two indicators at baseline - antenatal care and institutional deliveries. The Annual Health Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 2011 served as pre-intervention data while a household survey in four blocks of Kaushambi district in 2015 provided post-intervention coverage of key services. Propensity score matched

Trop Med Int Health
2017 May 16. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12895
PMID: 28510997

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