The Mobile Phone Health Network for Young Women in Rural Gabon (mHealth Gabon for short) will equip and enable young women to collect and disseminate health-related information using mobile telecommunications in ways that support disease surveillance, advance public health, and provide improved treatment options for remote rural populations. The feasibility study planned for Gabon is scalable and can serve as a model for similar initiatives throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
The mHealth Gabon project is a collaboration of the Oregon Health & Science University Global Health Center (Portland, Oregon) and the Medical Research Unit of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon, and the Gabon-Oregon Center.
This project was conceived by the Oregon Health & Science University Global Health Center as a platform on which to improve the health of underserved populations through disease prevention, improved treatment access, and research-driven interventions, while stimulating the development of a cadre of future health professionals in medically underserved areas of Gabon. Enhancing health education for women is one of the most important determinants in decreasing fetal, infant, and maternal mortality. The mHealth Gabon project can also provide a mechanism to identify and attract talented women to receive formal training as health care providers and public health workers.