Using a mobile phone-based multimedia technology to support maternal health in rural southwestern Uganda

  • Acronym: MatHealth
  • Grant Number: 01DG18004
  • Effective start/end date: September 01st, 2018 September 30th, 2020
  • Funder: German African International Innovation Award under the Federal German Ministry of Education and Research
  • Type: Research and Innovation


The overall goal of the MatHealth project is to improve maternal health using a mobile phone-based multimedia application among illiterate women in rural southwestern Uganda. The study develops a theoretically founded and empirically validated conceptual framework demonstrating the initial acceptability and feasibility of the optimal multimedia prototype to support maternal health; designs and develops a multimedia-based mobile technology-based prototype to support maternal health; determines acceptability, feasibility and the impact of the app on maternal health-related knowledge, attitudes and practices; and develops the capacity of two Master students (one at HU and one at MUST) by supporting their education in a health informatics-related field.

Award No: 01DG18004


  • Dr. Angella Musiimenta PhD: Senior Lecturer and Deputy Dean - Faculty of Computing and Informatics - Mbarara University of Science and Technology (P.I)
  • Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart - Humboldt University Berlin Germany (P.I) Dr. Mugyenyi Godfrey: Faculty of Medicine - Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Co-P.I)
  • Dr. Jane Katusiime: Faculty of Computing and Informatics - Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Co-P.I)



Angella Musiimenta1,2, Wilson Tumuhimbise1, Niels Pinkwart3, Jane Katusiime1, Godfrey Mugyenyi1 and Esther C Atukunda1 . (2021) . A mobile phone-based multimedia intervention to support maternal health is acceptable and feasible among illiterate pregnant women in Uganda: Qualitative findings from a pilot randomized controlled trial . DIGITAL HEALTH, [online] Volume . Available at:
Musiimenta, A., Tumuhimbise, W., Mugyenyi, G., Katusiime, J., Atukunda, E.C. and Pinkwart, N. . (2020) . A Mobile Phone-based Multimedia Application Could Improve Maternal Health in Rural Southwestern Uganda: Mixed Methods Study . Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, [online] Volume . Available at: