mHealth Alliance Launches Program To Provide Guidance and Expertise to Developing Nations

9-15-2013 9-26-59 PM

The mHealth Alliance announces that it is launching a free new mobile health initiative focused on providing resource strapped developing nations the guidance and expertise needed to successfully implement mobile health programs. The mHealth Expert Learning Program (mHELP) will seek ensure that developing nations are not wasting precious resources trying to design an mHealth program from scratch unassisted.

"The problem that we’re trying to address is that there is a lot of interest in mHealth around the world…but it’s still a big risk for officials to take on. There are still very few proven, tested models. Everyone in mHealth is still a pioneer. We want to provide the expertise. We don’t want anyone to have to build (an mHealth program) from scratch." Peter Benjamin, director of capacity building with the mHealth Alliance.

The program is already supporting two programs in Africa. The first is a cellphone-based decision support system designed to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The second project is focused on developing a national mHealth framework for South Africa to support health and wellness.

The program is currently recruiting industry experts with experience building, fundraising, or implementing mHealth initiatives. These experts will provider feedback and advice on new or growing projects as needed. Next year, the program will begin offering courses within the US and South Africa. The program will eventually offer comprehensive consulting services, technical support, and in-country expertise.

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