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The Role of ICT in Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality Rate in Tanzania

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International Journal of Computer Applications
© 2014 by IJCA Journal
Volume 95 - Number 13
Year of Publication: 2014
Authors:
Ally S. Nyamawe
Hassan Seif
10.5120/16658-6639

Ally S Nyamawe and Hassan Seif. Article: The Role of ICT in Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality Rate in Tanzania. International Journal of Computer Applications 95(13):39-42, June 2014. Full text available. BibTeX

@article{key:article,
	author = {Ally S. Nyamawe and Hassan Seif},
	title = {Article: The Role of ICT in Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality Rate in Tanzania},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2014},
	volume = {95},
	number = {13},
	pages = {39-42},
	month = {June},
	note = {Full text available}
}

Abstract

Tanzania is striving to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5 that call for reducing Neonatal and Maternal Mortality Rate (MNMR) by 2015. In 2010, Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR) was recorded at 51 per 1,000 live births and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) at 454 per 100,000 live births. Despite of the devoted efforts and significant progress, still the mortality rate needs attention and effective intervention to cut it down considerably. The capability and power of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) need to be effectively exploited in revolutionizing health sector in Tanzania. The witnessed expansion of mobile phones usage and extended network coverage presents potential opportunity in enhancing quality of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) services delivery. This paper explores the role of ICT in reducing MMR and NMR, existing solutions are intensely reviewed to discover what is lacking and provide necessary recommendations.

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