Sam--Thanks for sharing this blog which highlights an often neglected dimension of health systems. As pointed out on a recent blog, the power of ICT indeed can be critical element of the arsenal to strengthen health systems not only by improving the standarized collection of data by also it could be harnessed to improve maternal and child health. As I recently learned in Ghana, an initiative by Mobile Technology for Community Health (MoTeCH) and the Grameen Foundation, piloted in the Upper East Region and now being replicated in the Central, Greater Accra and Volta Regions, is allowing women with limited literacy skills to be informed in the local language about the “do’s and don’ts” in pregnancy and childbirth. Women also receive reminders on clinical appointments, due dates, and required medication and immunization through their mobile phone. So the potential of ICT for improving vital statistics is waiting to be realized!
Please see: http://blogs.worldbank.org/nasikiliza/preventing-maternal-mortality-yardstick-social-justice