E-learning & E-health
E health & M health
E-Learning Link Of Al Kindy Medical College
This project is shared among UK universities (Kingston, Cardiff) and Iraqi Universities ( Basra, Baghdad) The principle proposal is to develop a pilot model for 'E-health centers of excellence' that will introduce innovative and strategic e-health for medical education and research in Iraq .
The first part of the project, which will be introduced is the mobile health
Feasibility & acceptability of SMSs in Iraqi pregnant women to support their heal
The health status of Iraq’s population has suffered major blows due to decades of war and economic sanctions. The resulting severe drop in Iraq’s gross domestic product and consequently its public expenditure on health led to deterioration of quality of services.
The health care system in Iraq has been based on a hospital oriented and capital-intensive model that has limited efficiency and does not ensure equitable access. The Ministry of Health (MOH) is the main provider of health care, both curative and preventive. The private sector provides curative services to only a limited population on a fee-for-service basis. Naturally, access to care was further affected by emergencies and ongoing military operations in recent years.
In acknowledgment of these growing concerns, the MOH has over the last few years been re-orienting itself so as to base the health system on Primary Health Care (PHC). The current structure of PHC is not based on cost-effective public health interventions that would achieve maximum health gains for the money spent. Moreover, the services currently provided at the PHC level only partially meet the health needs of the population. This combined with a low perceived quality of care lead the population to seek care at the secondary and tertiary levels bypassing the primary level. Primary Report of Maternal Death study In Iraq for the Years 2007-2008-2009 showed that 64.7% of those mothers who died in those three years had no previous antenatal care during their pregnancies which may be due to poor health education or lack of confidence in the PHC services, this raises a question; how we could improve these services?
M-health: Means delivery of healthcare services via evolving mobile communication systems. By the end of 2010, there were an estimated over 5 billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide, where there were only 1 billion subscribers in 2002, so the use of this technology appear to be rapidly growing. In nearly a third of the countries, the number of cell phones in use is greater than the number of people living in those countries. Mobile phone had a considerable impact in developing counties and communication by mobile phone is less expensive than alternative option. Millions of people across Africa and Asia who never had access to traditional phone communication now use mobile phone on regular bases.
All pregnant women worry about their health, safety and their babies safety, so effective antenatal care is necessary to give pregnant women confidence and decrease anxiety during pregnancy and mobile-health is a new window through which health providers can provide services to pregnant women, particularly those who find difficulty attending their appointments either because they live far away or have social or economical difficulties for doing so
Aim of the study:
Thinking that Encouraging such technology would help distributing the best practice in the field of safe pregnancy and delivery in a way to reduce the increasing global concern of maternal mortality and morbidity with the minimization of maternal suffering in getting care and support throughout their pregnancies.
We will try during the following months examining whether this innovative method could be applied on Iraqi pregnant women, how much it will be accepted in our locality and if have a positive impact on health services and whether it could be adopted in the future by the MOH to improve antenatal care services in Iraq.