Using Digital Technology for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Are Programs Adequately Considering Risk?

Date of Publication
2019

This commentary follows the publication of Marie Stopes International's randomized control trial in Bangladesh which showed that mHealth to promote contraceptive use increased women’s report of gender-based violence.

The commentary describes why use of mobile technology entails risks, and outlines ways in which programs can minimize risks to clients when communicating on sensitive sexual and reproductive health topics. These risks are essential for programs to consider during the Covid epidemic too, since many health organizations are pivoting to digital strategies and remote communication, which may increase risk of inadvertent disclosure SRH service or product use.