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EHealth programs need to consider gender and social and cultural differences to reach their full potential.
EHealth innovations need to be grounded in the local context and blend technical and social processes to overcome the stumbling blocks to better care for isolated populations.
An innovative mHealth project brings vital pregnancy and childcare information to ethnic minority women in Vietnam who are isolated from mainstream health services.
An integrated eHealth platform will now link Peru’s fragmented healthcare information system. A lifesaver for women and children, WawaRed will also improve health planning and policy.
Despite high mobile phone penetration in Kenya and the proliferation of eHealth programs, healthcare remains largely inaccessible outside major cities. Research funded by IDRC is now feeding into national policies to ensure greater health equity.
Seven projects on three continents designed and tested innovative ways of using eHealth to reach those with the greatest need: vulnerable women and children.
Although digital technologies hold great promise for increasing access to healthcare, this potential is largely untapped in Bangladesh.
Mobile phones could boost the health of Ethiopia’s underserved rural population. They also promise to enhance the skills and reputation of health extension workers, who are linchpins of the country’s health system.