Pretesting an mHealth intervention for at-risk adolescent girls in Soweto, South Africa: Studying the additive effects of SMSs on improving sexual reproductive health & rights outcomes

Jamison Merrill, Rebecca Hershow, Katherine Gannett, Chris Barkley

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Abstract

Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is exploring the effectiveness of a two-way SMS campaign delivered through a single-sex, soccer-based HIV prevention programme. The campaign aims to enhance reproductive health and rights outcomes among at-risk adolescent South African girls ages 11-14. To test and refine the SMS campaign prior to piloting, GRS employed a participatory process in building a prototype of an Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) line using Open Data Kit (ODK), an open-source application for building, collecting, and managing data on Android-enabled phones and tablets. The USSD prototype was delivered to 72 female participants and coaches in July 2013. All participants also completed a 10-item questionnaire on ODK. Focus group discussions were conducted with coaches (N=1 group) and parents (N=1 group). Results demonstrate that 55% of participants reported owning a mobile phone; a majority reported being "very interested" in the USSD prototype (68%) and "very comfortable" interacting with the USSD prototype (62%). Findings suggest that two-way SMSs could offer an acceptable service for reaching at-risk adolescent girls in South Africa with health-related messaging, particularly on sensitive issues. Results will inform delivery of a USSD line in a programmatic pilot and assessment to be carried out in six primary schools (approximately 600 participants) in Soweto, separated between control and intervention groups, beginning in September 2013.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development, ICTD 2013
Pages96-99
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event6th International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development, ICTD 2013 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: Dec 7 2013Dec 10 2013

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume2 NOTES

Other

Other6th International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies and Development, ICTD 2013
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period12/7/1312/10/13

Keywords

  • HIV prevention
  • Mobile data collection
  • Open data kit
  • Sexual reproductive health and rights
  • USSD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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