Project title: Mobile health (mHealth) intervention on antenatal and delivery care in Bangladesh: a cluster-randomized controlled trial
Good health and well-being is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) newly adopted by the United Nations. Receiving four ANC visits and institutional delivery are predetermined factors for maternal and child health outcomes during pregnancy. However, wide disparities exist in coverage of four ANC visits between the poor and the rich in Bangladesh, with 6% and 50%. Thus, improving the coverage of ANC and reduce the inequality is a priority to increase the rate of skilled birth attendance, institutional delivery, and postnatal follow-up; and consequently their positive outcomes of reducing maternal and child mortality. The main aim of this project is to assesses the effect of crossing technological advances with medicine, and explores how this impacts the service environment, health outcomes, and individual norms or acceptability in society. The project will implement in four adminstrative divisions of Bangladesh: Khulna, Rangpur, Rajshahi, and Jamalpur. The University of Tokyo and Global Public Health Research Foundation are going to implement the mHealth project in Bangladesh.
PI: Dr. Md. Miznaur Rahman, The University of Tokyo