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Disparities in mobile phone access and maternal health service utilization in Nigeria: A population-based survey

Larissa Jennings, Adetayo Omoni, Akunle Akerele, Yisa Ibrahim, Ekpenyong Ekanem


April 1, 2015

Mobile communication technologies may reduce maternal health disparities related to cost, distance, and infrastructure. However, the ability of mHealth initiatives to accelerate maternal health goals requires in part that women with the greatest health needs have access to mobile phones. This study examined if women with limited mobile phone access have differential odds of maternal knowledge and health service utilization as compared to female mobile phone users who are currently eligible to participate in maternal mHealth programs.