John Koku Awoonor-Williams, MD, MPH, MPP
Dr. Awoonor-Williams is the regional director of the Ghana Health Services for the Upper East Region and the Health Services lead for MoTeCH in Ghana.
James Phillips, PhD
Dr. Phillips is professor of Clinical Population and Family Health and the Columbia University lead for MoTeCH in Ghana.
The Mobile Technology for Community Health (MoTeCH) project aims to determine whether mobile phones can be an effective tool in managing healthcare data and transmitting health information to remote populations, with the ultimate goal of improving maternal and child health outcomes in rural Ghana. The project is led by the Ghana Health Services, in partnership with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Grameen Foundation.
While Ghana has made major strides in maternal and child health, significant challenges remain, especially in rural regions. Nationally, a quarter of Ghanaian women receive no care after delivering a baby, and infant mortality remains high at 51 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. By working closely with local community members, district and regional health management teams and other stakeholders, MoTeCH has developed a mobile technology platform and a simplified health record-keeping system designed to bring quality care to families in rural Ghana. This new, streamlined system for maintaining patient records links child and maternal healthcare services provided by community-based nurses to the populat