Improving community health equity: the potential role for mHealth in Papua New Guinea

  • Belinda Jane Loring
  • Sharon Friel
  • Don Matheson
  • Russell Kitau
  • Isaac Ake
  • Urarang Kitur
  • Alexander Rosewell
  • Heather Randall
  • Enoch Posanai
Keywords: Health equity, mHealth, Papua New Guinea, Evaluation, Health systems, Health information systems, Evaluation.

Abstract

Papua New Guinea (PNG) faces formidable health equity challenges.  Technology and information is a key part of an effective health system and a determinant of community health equity. Innovative uses of mHealth technologies are proliferating in PNG and can facilitate improvements in the flow of data and information in the PNG health system.  However in isolation these are unlikely to lead to positive change in health equity.  This paper considers the implications of mHealth interventions within the broader PNG health system, and discusses the importance of evaluation to ensure mHealth contributes to improved community health outcomes and health equity.

Published
2012-11-28
How to Cite
Loring, B., Friel, S., Matheson, D., Kitau, R., Ake, I., Kitur, U., Rosewell, A., Randall, H., & Posanai, E. (2012). Improving community health equity: the potential role for mHealth in Papua New Guinea. The Journal of Community Informatics, 9(2). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/838