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Information and Communication Technologies, Prenatal Care Services and Neonatal Health

Diether Beuermann (), Rafael Anta, Patricia Garcia, Alessandro Maffioli, Jose Perez Lu and Maria Fernanda Rodrigo
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Rafael Anta: Inter-American Development Bank
Patricia Garcia: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Alessandro Maffioli: Inter-American Development Bank
Jose Perez Lu: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Maria Fernanda Rodrigo: Inter-American Development Bank

No 2016-62, Working Papers from Peruvian Economic Association

Abstract: We evaluate the effectiveness of sending text messages to pregnant women containing appointment reminders and suggestions for healthy behaviors during pregnancy. Receiving messages had an overall positive effect of 5 percent on the number of prenatal care visits attended. Moreover, for women who live close to their assigned health center and who have higher educational attainment, the intervention positively affected vitamin intake compliance, APGAR scores, and birth weight. Evidence suggests that reminders are more effective among those who are more able to understand the future benefits of preventive care (more educated) and who face lower transaction costs of going to prenatal care checkups (located near health centers). No evidence of geographical spillover effects was found.

Keywords: WAWARED; Peru; e-Health; Pregnancy; Experimental Design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-02
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