Hesperian’s Family Planning Choices App: Increasing Access to Family Planning Counseling and Services

Increasing Access to Family Planning Counseling and Services

Project start date : 17/06/2019

Beneficiary country : Ivory Coast Mali Cameroon Guatemala Mexico

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Mother and child health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Other

Fields of application

  • Telemedicine (remote diagnosis and consultations)
  • Information, education and communication for behaviour change (IEC)

Stage of development

  • Pilot project/testing/trials

Financing method

  • Private (private investors, crowdfunding, philanthropy, etc.)

Area where the project is utilised

  • International (in several countries)

Economic model(s)

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)
  • Other

Project objectives

  • Decreased mortality
  • Decreased morbidity
  • Other (please explain)

Materials used

  • Cellular (mobile) phone
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet

Technologies used

  • Mobile telecommunications (without data connection)
  • Mobile app (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.)

About the sponsor

Hesperian Health Guides

Hesperian Health Guides’ mission is to provide information and educational tools that help all people take greater control over their health, and work together to eliminate the underlying causes of poor health. With over 40 years of experience, Hesperian Health Guides are renowned for producing effective, practical health guides that provide clear information to inspire inclusive action, and are designed to reach those facing the greatest barriers to health.
Hesperian works collaboratively with grassroots partners, health programs, practitioners, and advocates worldwide to develop new resources, thus ensuring that information is accurate, relevant, culturally appropriate and motivating. Hesperian develops all of its materials using a gender lens. Hesperian has extensive experience creating women’s health and empowerment materials, including Where Women Have No Doctor, A Book for Midwives, A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities, and its most recent Health Actions for Women : Practical Strategies to Mobilize for Change. In addition to distributing information in print formats, in recent years Hesperian has made its materials available through its HealthWiki, a mobile-friendly digital platform that is accessible even from places with limited internet access – over 6 million people from around the world accessed our online information in the past year alone, with 1.6 million using our sexual and reproductive health information.
Its award-winning Safe Pregnancy and Birth app (available in English and Spanish) has been downloaded over 276,000 times and is now used in 191 countries.

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