Guest Editorial

Using mobile technology to improve maternal, child and youth health and treatment of HIV patients

Joanne Elizabeth Peter, Peter Barron, Yogan Pillay


This editorial describes the potential of mobile health (mHealth) to improve the health system. MomConnect was the first, HIV treatment guidelines the second, and B-Wise the third of a series of South African National Department of Health initiatives that use mobile technology. These uses include engaging with users and providers of health services, providing accessible health information, and capturing feedback on the quality of care.

Authors' affiliations

Joanne Elizabeth Peter, Advisor to Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Corporate Contributions, Digital Health Portfolio, Cape Town, South Africa

Peter Barron, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Yogan Pillay, National Department of Health, Pretoria, South Africa

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South African Medical Journal 2016;106(1):3-4. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i1.10209

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-10-15
Date published: 2015-11-16

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