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Designing mHealth for maternity services in primary health facilities in a low-income setting: Lessons from a partially successful implementation

Keywords : Cell Phone Delivery of Health Care/*organization & administration Electronic Health Records Ethiopia Female Health Facilities Humans Maternal Health Services/*organization & administration Mobile Applications *Poverty Pregnancy *Telemedicine *Antenatal and postnatal care *Maternal health *Open data kit (ODK) *mHealth the Institutional Review Board of the College of Health Sciences at Addis Ababa University (Protocol number 040/12/SPH). Verbal consent was obtained from participants (clients of Antenatal, Delivery or Postnatal Care) after information about the study was given as required by the local IRB. Participants were informed that their participation is voluntary, their information will remain anonymous and that they are free to withdraw from the study at any point in time. The IRB approved verbal consent procedures (without a need for written consent) as it is customary for simple questionnaire surveys without any invasive procedures in an environment where literacy is relatively low. Like other surveys, women 15–17 were considered as emancipatory minors capable of giving consent to the study as per the national Research Ethics Review Guideline – available at http://www.ccghr.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/national-research-ethics-review-guidline.pdf. CONSENT FOR PUBLICATION: Respondents gave verbal informed consent after they were informed about the purpose of the study. COMPETING INTERESTS: The authors declare that they have no competing interests. PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

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