Improving access to maternal care in Africa through telemedicine and digital health

Wajeeha Bilal, Parvathy Mohanan, Zainab S. Rahmat, Shazil Ahmed Gangat, Zarmina Islam, Mohammad Yasir Essar*, Abdullah Tunde Aborode, Helen Onyeaka

*Corresponding author for this work

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Access to maternal health care is limited for women in Africa, while it remains a crucial determinant of maternal mortality and morbidity. The utilization of telemedicine and digital health can help remove barriers to access through economical and geographical convenience. In addition, feasible frameworks operating on themes such as technology, user acceptance, short-term and long-term funding, organizational factors, and political and legislative aspects can help overcome implementation challenges that persist in Africa and permit maximal utilization of telehealth to enhance maternal outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2494-2500
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Health Planning and Management
Issue number4
Early online date15 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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  • Africa
  • digital health
  • maternal care
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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