A Review of e-Health Interventions for Maternal and Child Health in Sub-Sahara Africa

Matern Child Health J. 2015 Aug;19(8):1813-24. doi: 10.1007/s10995-015-1695-0.


To review e-health interventions for maternal and child health (MCH) and to explore their influence on MCH practices in sub-Sahara Africa (SSA). Keyword searches were used to retrieve articles from four databases and the websites of organisations involved in e-health projects for MCH in SSA. A total of 18relevant articles were retrieved using inclusion and exclusion criteria. The researchers reveal the prevalence of the application of mobile phones for MCH care and the influence of the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for delivering MCH information and services to target populations. There is a need to move the application of ICT for MCH care from pilot initiatives to interventions involving all stakeholders on a sub-regional scale. These interventions should also adopt an integrated approach that takes care of the information needs at every stage along the continuum of care. It is anticipated that the study would be useful in the evolution and implementation of future ICT-based programmes for MCH in the region.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Maternal Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Maternal-Child Health Centers / organization & administration*
  • Pregnancy
  • Telemedicine*