The Technology Partnership between the UN Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation launch a report into mHealth for development.

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I’m posting this from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the launch of a report that attempts to define mHealth; outlines the potential for mobile phones to improve health in the developing world; identifies building blocks for successful, sustainable and scalable mHealth programs; demonstrates the incentives for multiple players in the ‘mHealth value chain’; and details 51 examples of projects providing health-related services via mobile technology including…

1. Freedom HIV/AIDS Project, India. REF 1, REF 2.

2. Learning about Living, Nigeria. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3, REF 4, REF 5, REF 6, REF 7.

3. HIV/AIDS Video Distribution by Mobile Phone, Georgia. REF 1.

4. HIV Confidant, South Africa. REF 1, REF 2.

5. Project Masiluleke, South Africa. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3, REF 4.

6. Text to Change (TTC) – HIV Prevention through SMS Quiz, Uganda. REF 1.

7. Cell-PREVEN, Peru. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

8. Community Accessible and Sustainable Health System (Ca:sh), India. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

9. Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS), Philippines. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3, REF 4.

10. Dokoza System, South Africa. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

11. EpiHandy, Uganda, Zambia, Burkina Faso. REF 1, REF 2.

12. EpiSurveyor, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia (and 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa by end of 2008). REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

13. Integrated Healthcare Information Service through Mobile Telephony (IHISM), Botswana. . REF 1, REF 2, REF 3, REF 4.

14. Media Lab Asia – Shared Resource for Rural Health Management and Information Infrastructure. REF 1.

15. Mobile-Based Primary Healthcare Management System, India. REF 1, REF 2.

16. Map of Medicine for Kijabe Hospital, Kenya. REF 1, REF 2.

17. Nokia Data Gathering, Brazil. REF 1.

18. PDAs for Malaria Monitoring, Mozambique. REF 1, REF 2.

19. Phones for Health, Rwanda. REF 1.

20. TRACnet, Rwanda. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

21. Cell-Life Project, South Africa. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

22. Chinese Aged Diabetic Assistant (CADA), China. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3, REF 4.

23. Colecta-PALM, Peru. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

24. Mashavu: Networked Health Solutions for the Developing World, Tanzania. REF 1, REF 2.

25. MediNet Healthcare Management System, Trinidad and Tobago. REF 1.

26. Mobile Care, Support and Treatment Manager (MCST), India. REF 1, REF 2.

27. Mobile Phones for Health Monitoring, India and the United Kingdom. REF 1, REF 2.

28. Phoned Pill Reminders for TB Treatment, Thailand. REF 1, REF 2.

29. SIMpill Solution for TB, South Africa. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

30. Virtual Health Pet, Brazil. REF 1, REF 2.

31. Enhancing Nurses Access for Care Quality and Knowledge through Technology (ENACQKT), the Caribbean

32. HealthLine, Pakistan. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

33. Mobile HIV/AIDS Support, Uganda. REF 1.

34. Primary Healthcare Nursing Promotion Program, Guatemala. REF 1, REF 2.

35. Uganda Health Information Network (UHIN), Uganda. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

36. Acute Encephalitis Syndrome Surveillance Information System (AESSIMS), India. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

37. Alerta DISAMAR, Peru. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

38. FrontlineSMS, Worldwide. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

39. GATHER, Uganda. REF 1, REF 2.

40. Handhelds for Health, India. REF 1.

41. Remote Interaction, Consultation, and Epidemiology (RICE), Vietnam. REF 1, REF 2.

42. Tamil Nadu Health Watch, India. REF 1, REF 2.

43. Cell Phone Applications for Clinical Diagnostic Therapeutic and Public Health Use by Front Line Healthcare Workers, Mozambique. REF 1, REF 2.

44. Digital Inclusion Kit in Health and Higher Education, Argentina. REF 1, REF 2.

45. Ericsson and Apollo Hospitals Initiative, India. REF 1.

46. HIV Mobile Decision Support, South Africa. REF 1, REF 2.

47. M-DOK: Mobile Telehealth and Information Resource System for Community Health Workers, Philippines. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3.

48. Mobile E-IMCI, Tanzania. REF 1, REF 2, REF 3, REF 4.

49. Mobile Telemedicine System, Indonesia. REF 1, REF 2.

50. Nacer, Peru. REF 1, REF 2.

51. Teledoc – Jiva Healthcare Project, India. REF 1.

It also issues a call for action to create of an independent global body to encourage multi-sector and pan-regional collaboration to leverage the transformational power of mobile networks and devices to improve healthcare delivery throughout the developing world.

Find out more about the UN Foundation and The Vodafone Foundation Partnership

Download the FREE report and join in the discussion with your ideas and comments

UPDATE: You might also be interested in the following Mobile World Congress interview with Andrew Dunnett Director of Vodafone Foundation:

7 Responses to The Technology Partnership between the UN Foundation and the Vodafone Foundation launch a report into mHealth for development.

  1. [...] these programs are more prevalent in India, South Africa, Uganda, Peru, and Rwanda. 3G Doctor Blog lists all 51 projects and elaborates on the report: “I’m posting this from the Mobile World [...]

  2. [...] programmi siano diffusi prevalentemente in India, Sudafrica, Uganda, Perù e Rwanda. 3G Doctor Blog elenca [in] tutti i 51 progetti e aggiunge dettagli sullo studio: “Sto scrivendo dal Mobile World [...]

  3. [...] que estes programas predominam na Índia, África do Sul, Uganda, Peru e Ruanda. 3G Doctor Blog lista [en] todos os 51 projetos e comenta sobre o relatório: “I'm posting this from the Mobile [...]

  4. [...] For a full list of all projects in the mHealth for Development alliance see 3G Doctor, link [...]

  5. [...] sont plus répandus en Inde, Afrique du Sud,Ouganda, Pérou, et au Rwanda.  3G Doctor Blog donne la liste des 51 projets et décrit le rapport : « Je publie ceci depuis le Congrès Mondial de la [...]

  6. [...] As I’ve suggested in a couple of other posts (here and here) this is an incredibly valuable contribution that the UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation are well positioned to make, and I have no doubt it would be more successful than their attempts to highlight the next big thing in mHealth innovation. [...]

  7. [...] of the academic/research efforts (which rarely ever even materialise into operational services) there are few high profile services that have failed in this way yet but as health 2.0 services [...]

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