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Acta Médica Peruana

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ESPINOZA-PORTILLA, Elizabeth; HENRIQUEZ-SUAREZ, Milagro  and  VILLANUEVA-CADENAS, Gladis J. Opportunities for using information and communication technology (ICT) for strengthening campaigns against anemia in Peru. Acta méd. Peru [online]. 2019, vol.36, n.2, pp.152-156. ISSN 1728-5917.

Anemia is a serious public health problem in Latin America. In Peru, the rate of 6- to 35- month old children with anemia was 43.5% in 2018. The aim of this publication is to review the different opportunities for using information and communication technology (ICT) aiming to strengthen campaigns against anemia in Peru. This concept is based on the idea stating that the use of ICT may become an excellent opportunity for improving both access to and quality of public Peruvian healthcare services. The reviewed literature shows many previous experiences, including smartphone text messages (SMS) and the development of apps for smartphones. However, more research is needed, with better evidence level; which finally may help to design efficient strategies and to improve public health policies in a topic that is a national priority for the forthcoming independence bicentennial.

Keywords : Anemia; Information technology; Cellular phone; Text messaging; Public health.

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