Yesterday I moderated a fascinating live chat on Gender, Phones and Reproductive Health - transcripts for the session are now available under the Discussion Boards link in the Conference Hall on the eConference website. I encourage you to review the transcripts and continue the conversation on the Discussion Board.
More than three dozen participants - from across the world - contributed to a very lively and informative discussion on using mobile phones in reproductive health and differences in targeting men and women. Organizations are taking very different approaches to gender differences - participants in the chat noted the following examples:
- "In a pilot family planning project called Saathiya, in India we established a helpline with two separate phone lines for men and women served by same-gender operators. This approach proved to be very effective for men to be very comfortable asking wide range of questions on sexual health and FP"
- "the audience is not necessarily just the target women, but often many other influential people in the community...." This approach was taken in Rwanda - "an SMS in Kinyarwandan in 2006 [was sent] to all registered mobile phone users to announce the child health campaign with bed nets, immunization, and deworming. It went out 2-3 days before the campaign"
- "In using mobile phones, what is the role of women versus the role of community health workers. In
a rural Nigerian setting, we need CHW to be intermediaries...process and interprete into local language, do reports etc"...CHWs [community health workers] in Nigeria are often, in my experience, the entry point into the household, past husbands, and can reach the wives. I agree with Ego in the importance in that setting to look at the relationship between the two."