In a global community that often treats health care as a luxury rather than a necessity, the world’s mothers are arguably some of those most impacted by inequality in access. That's especially true for pregnant women and mothers living in developing nations, who are often left to grapple with health care accessibility, affordability and practicality.
Many developing nations are home to health care deserts — regions where accessing proper care is often unrealistic due to travel time or financial cost. And the impact of these health care deserts is undeniable.
That’s where mobile health, often known by the abbreviation mHealth, can become an essential lifeline for developing communities. mHealth uses mobile devices to enhance the practice of public health, providing information, facilitating consultation and supplementing care, all through a phone.