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Mobile Phone Messaging to Improve Women's and Children's Health (Mobile WACh) in Kenya (Mobile WACh)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01894126
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 9, 2013
Last Update Posted : November 9, 2016
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
With the increased prevalence of cellular phones, mobile technology provides an important tool to reach underserved populations in low to middle income countries. mHealth interventions offer promise to improve maternal child health throughout the reproductive health continuum if they contribute to increasing skilled birth attendance, family planning and exclusive breastfeeding. We propose a randomized clinical trial to determine effect of using mobile phones to deliver SMS (one-way) versus an interactive SMS dialogue (two-way) on uptake of reproductive and neonatal health services and maternal and infant outcomes

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Maternal Health Neonatal Health Family Planning Behavioral: Two-way SMS Dialogue Behavioral: One-way SMS Messaging

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 300 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Mobile Phone One Way Short Message Service (SMS) Versus SMS Dialogue for Women's and Child Health (Mobile WACh) in Kenya: A Randomized Control Trial
Study Start Date : July 2013
Primary Completion Date : July 2015

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Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Two-way SMS dialogue
Women will receive SMS messages with prompts to reply. They will have the ability to text back to the system and both respond to and initiate SMS dialogue
Behavioral: Two-way SMS Dialogue
Experimental: One-way SMS Messaging
Women will receive scheduled one-way SMS messages
Behavioral: One-way SMS Messaging
No Intervention: Control

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Contraceptive uptake [ Time Frame: 10 weeks postpartum; 24 weeks postpartum ]
  2. Facility Delivery [ Time Frame: Postpartum ]
  3. Exclusive Breastfeeding [ Time Frame: 24 weeks postpartum ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. ANC attendance [ Time Frame: Postpartum ]
  2. Infant Immunizations [ Time Frame: Six months postpartum ]
  3. Maternal mortality [ Time Frame: 6 months postpartum ]
  4. Infant mortality [ Time Frame: Six months postpartum ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant
  • Access to a mobile phone
  • Able to read SMS messages
  • Willing to receive SMS messages

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unwilling or unable to meet inclusion criteria
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Mathare North Health Centre
Nairobi, Kenya
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Washington
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
University of Nairobi
Kenyatta National Hospital
More Information

Responsible Party: Jennifer Unger, Assistant Professor, University of Washington
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01894126     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K12HD001264-14UNGER
K12HD001264-14 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: July 9, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 9, 2016
Last Verified: November 2016