Au cours des dix dernières années, la santé mobile, ou mHealth, est devenue un outil de pointe pour améliorer l'accès aux informations et aux services de santé dans le monde entier. mHealth utilise les technologies mobile et sans fil, comme les téléphones portables, les assistants numériques personnels (PDA) et les applications logicielles mobiles (apps), pour réaliser les objectifs sanitaires.
Providing family planning information and services to postpartum women during their infants’ immunization visits provides an opportunity to reach women with unmet need for family planning. While evidence of the effect of integration on immunization services is limited, it is possible that effective integration may result in strengthened health systems, more focus and attention brought to immunization services and outcomes, and more efficient use of staff time and resources.
Integration is a concept that is often used but seldom achieved. The nature of health and development funding and focus on specialty expertise is often at odds with the need to integrate services and/or interventions at ground level.
Family planning offered in the first year postpartum provides an opportunity to meet the needs of women who want to prevent unintended pregnancies or who want to delay having more children. Yet, globally, nearly 65% of women in their first postpartum year have an unmet need for family planning services.
Maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) and family planning (FP) programs and services are often perceived as distinct, yet integration of these interventions can be mutually beneficial for mothers and their children. For example, exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months after birth not only protects the infant from becoming malnourished but also meets the mother’s contraceptive needs if she practices the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM).