mHEALTH-INNOVATE (18) Do you use a mobile phone to help you in your work? (7) Basic phones versus smartphones (3)

14 April, 2022

Thank you Goran for your observation that 'As far as I know in relation to the context of Iraq, smart phones are becoming ubiquitous'.

Is this the case in other countries? Does it apply also to rural areas where internet connectivity may be poor? For example, what percentage of community health workers are now using smartphones?

This 2020 paper suggests 'the use of basic mobile phone was preferred [versus smartphones] in LMICs to improve CHWs workflows' (but does not explain why).

It would be interesting to hear more about how (and why) health workers use smartphones versus basic phones. Please send your observations to:

Best wishes, Neil

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