Community Health Worker-Based Mobile Health (mHealth) Approaches for Improving Management and Caregiver Knowledge of Common Childhood Infections: A Systematic Review

Hana Mahmood*, Brian Mckinstry, Saturnino Luz, Karen Fairhurst, Sumaira Nasim, Tabish Hazir, Respire Collaboration

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Abstract

Background Children in lower middle-income countries (LMICs) are more at risk of dying, than those in High Income Countries (HICs), due to highly prevalent deadly yet preventable childhood infections. Alongside concerns about the incidence of these infections, there has been a renewed interest in involving community health workers (CHWs) in various public health programs. However, as CHWs are increasingly asked to take on different tasks there is a risk that their workload may become unmanageable. One solution to help reduce this burden is the use of mobile health (mHealth) technology in the community through behaviour change. Considering there are various CHWs based mHealth approaches on illness management and education, therefore, we aimed to appraise the available literature on effectiveness of these mHealth approaches for caregivers to improve knowledge and management about common under-five childhood infections with respect to behaviour change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Global Health
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2020

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