Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 511

Article in Press

A Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial on Mobile Phone Text Messaging to Improve Sexo-Reproductive Health in Cameroon


  •  Received: 18 June 2019
  •  Accepted: 18 June 2019
This trial aims at testing the efficacy of weekly sexo-reproductive health educational text messages to improve perception of adolescent girls on sexo-reproductive health in Cameroon. Subjects and Methods: This is a single-centered randomized controlled single-blinded trial. Adolescent girls aged 10-19 years in the Kumbo West Health District are the target population. A central computer generated randomization list will be used to prevent selection bias and enable the production of the comparable groups for this trial. Allocation concealment (1:1) will be determined by sequentially numbered sealed opaque envelopes. A total of 460 participants will either receive the mobile phone text message or no text message. Data will be collected at baseline, three month and six month intervals. A blinded program secretary will send out text messages and record delivery. Our primary outcomes are improved knowledge and practices towards sexo-reproductive health. Our secondary outcomes are improved behaviour and attitudes towards sexo-reproductive health. Analysis will be by intention-to-change behaviour. Covariates and subgroups will be taken into account. Expected Results: This trial investigates the potential of SMS messages on sexo-reproductive health education to improve adolescent girl’s perception to attain better health outcomes. This trial will contribute to the growing body of evidence on the use of mobile phone technology as a complementary strategy for strengthening health systems and achieving health-related goals oriented towards adolescent girls. Trial Registration: Pan-African Clinical Trials Registry is PACTR201805003259293 at (www.pactr.org) at the International Clinical Trails Registry Platform (ICTRP) of the WHO

Keywords: Mobile Phone, Sexo-Reproductive Health, Improved Perception, Randomization