mHealth Compendium Special Edition: Reaching Scale

The new global mHealth compendium has come out, produced by USAID (see the note below), and the direct link is http://www.africanstrategies4health.org/uploads/1/3/5/3/13538666/2016_mhealth_31may16_final.pdf

It is the sixth edition, and expected to be the last. It is worth reading – the intro is a 10 page summary of eexperience (evidence, best tools, best resources, what you need to consider for sustainable scale). Then there case studies of the 10 most significant projects. They are:

– Airtel Insurance (health micro-insurance in 7 African countries)

– Aponjon (maternal health messaging in Bangladesh, part of MAMA)

– cStock (medical supply chain in Malawi)

– iCCM (mobile tool for health workers doing integrated community case management in Malawi)

– Kilkari (maternal health messaging via voice, train community health workers in India)

– mHERO (health worker SMS messaging for targeted care, in 6 countries mainly in West Africa)

– MomConnect (maternal health messaging fully in health system in South Africa)

– mSOS (disease surveillance reporting in Kenya)

– RapidSMS Rwanda (preventing maternal & child death in 1,000 days in Rwanda)

– U-Report (preventing adolescent AIDS through mobile counselling and polling in Uganda).

There is a lot to learn from here.

Best wishes,

Peter

HIFA profile: Peter Benjamin is SA director of HealthEnabled, South Africa. Professional interests: Digital health, mHealth, Empowerment through health information. Email address: peter AT healthenabled.org

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