mHealth Intervention in Uganda Promotes Promiscuity, not Safe Sex
June 19, 2013 § 1 Comment
In a recent report, study authors discussed the unintended effects of an mHealth (mobile phone) intervention designed by a team of researchers from Yale University, the NGO Interaction Poverty Lab, the Grameen Technology Center, and Google.
The abstract to this report reads [with some notation],
We evaluate[d] the impact of a health information intervention implemented through mobile phones [mHealth], using a clustered randomized control trial augmented by qualitative interviews. The intervention aimed to improve sexual health knowledge and shift individuals towards safer sexual behavior by providing reliable information about sexual health. The novel technology designed by Google and Grameen Technology Center provided automated searches of an advice database on topics requested by users via SMS. It was sponsored by MTN Uganda at no cost to users. Quantitative survey results allow us to reject the hypothesis that improving access to information would increase knowledge and shift behavior to less risky sexual activities. In fact, we found that the service…
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