IJIMT 2014 Vol.5(6): 470-473 ISSN: 2010-0248
DOI: 10.7763/IJIMT.2014.V5.561

Exploring Possible Open Data Opportunities in Maternal Health and Child Care in the Philippines

Michelle Renee D. Ching and Sherwin E. Ona
Abstract— Maternal Health and Child Care (MHCC) concerns have figured prominently in both international and local health initiatives. However, there are numerous challenges that beset MHCC, one of which is the apparent mismatch between the services being implemented and community needs. In the Philippines, despite the increase in public health allocations, indicators have shown an increase in maternal deaths and teenage pregnancies. These have also resulted in the Philippines missing its Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on MHCC. These realities point to the need to rethink the current approaches with the intention of addressing the mismatch and increase the efficacy of MHCC programs. This paper explores the existing literature on MHCC practices and Open Data (OD) techniques. In particular, the paper will present results collected from City of Sta. Rosa Province of Laguna on maternal practices and possible causes which hinders the fulfillment of Philippines MDG targets and implications of open data to the local community health practices.

Index Terms— Information and communications technology, local government units, maternal health and child care, open data.

The authors are with De La Salle University (DLSU), 1004 Manila, Philippines. They are also with the ODDC Initiative of the IDRC and the World Wide Web Foundation (e-mail: michelle.ching@dlsu.edu.ph, sherwin.ona@delasalle.ph).

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Cite: Michelle Renee D. Ching and Sherwin E. Ona, " Exploring Possible Open Data Opportunities in Maternal Health and Child Care in the Philippines," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 470-473, 2014.

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