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    Commercial Sustainability in mHealth: Myth or Fact?

    July 22, 2014 | Kai-lik Foh
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    The topic of sustainability (particularly attached to the word "commercial"), as a means of driving scale, often crops up in conversations about mHealth, particularly in developing countries.  It is often followed by an uncomfortable silence, signalling a co...
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    A Symbol of mHealth in Tanzania: Baby Husna

    July 15, 2014 | Edele Sheehan
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    The Road to Mbola “How much further is it?” I asked Luca, who was driving us from Mwanza, on the banks of Lake Victoria, to Mbola, a very small village close to Tabora, 344km to the south. It wasn’t the first time I asked him, as we hurtled along the ...
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    mHealth: To Invest or Not to Invest?

    June 24, 2014 | Guest Blogger | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    This is a guest blog written by Perry Fernan Flores, a Research Consultant with Zapienza. Is it worth investing in mHealth? Given that most mHealth innovations are stuck in the pilot stage, mHealth stakeholders often have doubts. In South Africa, where a...
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    Our Nutrition Initiative: Desired Outcomes and Outputs

    June 11, 2014 | Edele Sheehan | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    The GSMA Mobile for Development mHealth Team has some big goals for the coming years. Since September 2013, we have been wholly focused on a nutrition initiative, by developing commercially sustainable nutrition and maternal and child mHealth services that mee...
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    Please Join Us: Invitation to Attend a GSMA mHealth Event

    June 4, 2014 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    Integrating Mobile into Health 1st July 2014, Da Vinci Hotel, Sandton, South Africa  On 1st July next the GSMA is bringing the mHealth industry together for a workshop entitled “Integrating Mobile into Health”. This workshop aims to present consumer...
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    The Crucial Role of Community Health Workers: Beyond the Delivery of Basic Healthcare Services

    May 21, 2014 | Guest Blogger | Global
    The Crucial Role of Community Health Workers: Beyond the Delivery of Basic Healthcare Services
    This is a guest blog written by Perry Fernan Flores, a Research Consultant with Zapienza. What are CHWs? Do you know what CHWs are? If you work in the fields of healthcare or development or if you are a consumer from either Africa or South Asia who relie...
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    What is new in mHealth in South Africa?

    May 6, 2014 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
    What is new in mHealth in South Africa?
    What is new in mHealth in South Africa? Through the mHealth Task Team, we are supporting the South African National Department of Health (NDoH) to create an interoperable mobile Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (mMNCH) solution, that will address the needs o...
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    Content-ment in Mobile Apps

    April 9, 2014 | Willie Ngumi | Global
    Content-ment in Mobile Apps
    I’ve heard it over and over again that content is key or content is king!  I couldn’t agree more.  With the rapid growth of interest in m-everything, a lot of focus has been on technology and what technology can enable.  I guess this is similar to when ...
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    The Network Role in mHealth – IPX as a Product Proposition

    March 28, 2014 | Paul Merry | Global
    The Network Role in mHealth – IPX as a Product Proposition
    The embryonic nature of mHealth in developing nations has led stakeholders to concentrate on advocacy, content development and the challenges of accessing end users, many of whom are at the base of pyramid and may not have access to a device with an executable...
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    Baby Blessed and the mHealth Community of Practice in Nigeria

    March 18, 2014 | Edele Sheehan | Sub-Saharan Africa
    Baby Blessed and the mHealth Community of Practice in Nigeria
    Baby Blessed Let me introduce you to Blessed Ene. She is 2 months old and rests contentedly in the arms of her mother Riza Abjo. I recently met Riza, along with a group of new mothers, at the Gbagalape Primary Health Centre in Abuja, Nigeria. Also in the p...
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    GSMA mHealth Activities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress Report

    March 11, 2014 | Edele Sheehan | Sub-Saharan Africa
    GSMA mHealth Activities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress Report
    The Mobile for Development mHealth Team is busy and growing, since we announced last October the commencement of a 3-year 10-country (Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) initiative, which runs in para...
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    How does GSMA mHealth bring Mobile and Health together? It’s Simple

    February 26, 2014 | Neelofar Shariff | Global
    How does GSMA mHealth bring Mobile and Health together? It’s Simple
    As someone who has recently joined the ever evolving space of health and mobile, I have often found myself asking: Who are the participants in the mobile ecosystem? How does GSMA bring Mobile and Health together? What is the role of the GSMA in an envi...
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    Mobile and the Every Newborn Action Plan

    February 20, 2014 | Craig Friderichs | Global
    Mobile and the Every Newborn Action Plan
    The private sector has been invited to join the global community in mobilizing support for the world’s first Every Newborn Action Plan. An estimated 2.9 million newborns died in 2012 and a further 2.6 million babies were stillborn. The Plan sets a bold and a...
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    A Symbol of mHealth in Malawi: Her Name is Promise

    February 10, 2014 | Edele Sheehan | Sub-Saharan Africa
    A Symbol of mHealth in Malawi: Her Name is Promise
    Promise Meet Promise Bula. She is 19 months old and is photographed here with her mother Falida Chigwenembe, who is 18. Promise was born and is growing up in the Balaka district of Malawi, 3 hours by car from the capital Lilongwe. Mother and daughter travel...
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    Community Health Care Practitioners: Extending Skills and Knowledge through Gamification

    January 29, 2014 | Paul Merry | Sub-Saharan Africa
    Community Health Care Practitioners: Extending Skills and Knowledge through Gamification
    Community-based health workers are the first line of medical support to many persons in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in rural enclaves and regions suffering from the effects of war or sectarian violence. In many instances, a CHW is the only medical practit...
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    The GSMA Service Maturity Tool: Defined Stakeholders and Value Propositions

    January 21, 2014 | Kim Viljoen
    The GSMA Service Maturity Tool: Defined Stakeholders and Value Propositions
    The GSMA hosted a workshop on the Service Maturity Tool (SMT) at the mHealth Summit in Washington, DC in December as a follow-up to the workshop held at the M4D Summit in Cape Town in November 2013. The aim of the workshop was to get further validation on the ...
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    mHealth in Malawi: Challenges and Opportunities

    January 14, 2014 | Kai-lik Foh | Sub-Saharan Africa
    mHealth in Malawi: Challenges and Opportunities
    I first had the opportunity to visit Malawi six months ago as part of a group providing specific technical assistance to mHealth service providers involved in maternal and child health. I have since been back a second time – this time as part of a formal GSM...
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    Commercial Models to the Forefront: Key trends at mHealth Summit 2013

    December 19, 2013 | Paul Merry | Global
    Commercial Models to the Forefront: Key trends at mHealth Summit 2013
    Last week several members of the GSMA mHealth team attended the mHealth Summit in Washington, DC. This is one of the largest events held on this topic with all the industry’s movers and shakers coming together at National Harbour Washington, on the shores of...
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    GSMA mHealth in Nigeria: Innovating mobile solutions that push towards the MDGs

    December 5, 2013 | Victor Ohuruogu | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    Health and Nutrition Landscape  It is worrisome that, with less than 2 years to the set date for attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the numbers are not looking good regarding the situation of women and children in Nigeria. It is reported th...
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    The Service Maturity Tool: Evaluating the Maturity of mHealth Products & Services

    November 21, 2013 | Kim Viljoen | Global
    The Service Maturity Tool: Evaluating the Maturity of mHealth Products & Services
    I'd like to introduce you to the Service Maturity Tool (SMT), the newest addition to the GSMA mHealth research tools. Over the past year the GSMA has been working on the development of the SMT in collaboration with a varied group of mHealth industry experts...
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    4 Days to Go… Have you registered for the M4D Summit?

    November 7, 2013 | Edele Sheehan | Global
    4 Days to Go… Have you registered for the M4D Summit?
    I am really looking forward to the Mobile for Development Summit, taking place next Monday and Tuesday, November 11 & 12, at The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. I have recently joined the GSMA Mobile for Development mHealth team and this summ...
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    Have you ever used mHealth Technologies?

    October 31, 2013 | Craig Friderichs | Global
    Have you ever used mHealth Technologies?
    I am regularly asked which mHealth product is the best or coolest or most likely to disrupt healthcare delivery. I am also asked which companies mobile operators should be looking to partner with or investors should look at acquiring. And then I get asked whic...
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    World Food Day: The Role of Mobile Technology 68 Years On

    October 16, 2013 | Mobile for Development | Global
    World Food Day: The Role of Mobile Technology 68 Years On
    In this blog post, Edele Sheehan from mHealth and Victoria Clause from mAgri highlight a joint mHealth and mAgri initiative, which will deliver a range of mobile services focused on nutrition, agriculture and healthcare in 14 developing countries. Today is ...
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    Initiation of a New Partnership in Africa: An Important Landmark for mNutrition

    October 10, 2013 | Edele Sheehan | Sub-Saharan Africa
    Initiation of a New Partnership in Africa: An Important Landmark for mNutrition
    GSMA mHealth is very pleased to announce the commencement of an important new business and science partnership with the UK Government, through the Department for International Development (DFID). This partnership will catalyse a collaborative process betwee...
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    Overcoming Challenges of Delivering mHealth to Clinical Environments around the World

    September 26, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Global
    Overcoming Challenges of Delivering mHealth to Clinical Environments around the World
    Previously we’ve written about different mHealth services that span from enhancing prevention to strengthening health systems. Today we publish a guest blog by Donato Tramuto, Chairman & Founder of Health eVillages. Health eVillages aims to empower healt...
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    Feasibility of mHealth in South Africa: a new report

    September 19, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
    Feasibility of mHealth in South Africa: a new report
    With the support of UK Government, Mobile for Development’s mHealth Initiative recently conducted a South Africa mHealth Feasibility Report. The report is available here. Our latest report aims to provide an overview of the feasibility of mHealth in South...
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    Results from our South African mHealth Landscape

    August 29, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
    Results from our South African mHealth Landscape
    Mobile for Developments’ mHealth initiative recently conducted a Landscaping of mHealth services in South Africa with the support of the UK Government. Findings from the research can be seen here. The mobile phone holds the power of ubiquity. Across the d...
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    Why would a mobile operator get involved in mHealth? Highlights from Vodacom’s recent presentation

    August 22, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Global
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    Mobile operators around the world are becoming more involved in mHealth every day. Last year the GSMA conducted research that determined that 794 mobile operators globally were involved in mHealth in some way. The research also showed that there were 269 mHeal...
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    Call to the Industry: Evidence Is Needed

    August 15, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
    Call to the Industry: Evidence Is Needed
    Reality check from The Anova Health Institute and HIVSA seminar Early in August, our mHealth team attended a two-day mHealth seminar hosted by The Anova Health Institute and HIVSA in Johannesburg, South Africa : The new frontier: Including mHealth in streng...
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    Pan-African mHealth Initiative in South Africa: Our Background and Key Findings on Current mHealth Services

    July 25, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
    Pan-African mHealth Initiative in South Africa: Our Background and Key Findings on Current mHealth Services
    In one of the recent blogs we briefly presented our Pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI). Today we would like to share with you the PAMI background and the key findings on current mHealth services that we recently concluded in South Africa. Background T...
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    The GSMA mHealth team is recruiting: Learn more about our roles

    July 11, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Global
    The GSMA mHealth team is recruiting: Learn more about our roles
    Last week we briefly spoke about Pan-African mHealth Initiative and its main objectives. To unlock the potential of mHealth, the GSMA started testing the initiative in South Africa. We are also expanding the scale of our mHealth programme, and building upon an...
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    Pan-African mHealth Initiative: Addressing 4 key barriers in mHealth

    July 4, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
    Pan-African mHealth Initiative: Addressing 4 key barriers in mHealth
    There are more than 900 mHealth products and services currently being tracked across almost 30 research indicators in the GSMA mHealth tracker. Only a few currently demonstrate scale, replication or significant impact on the health system. In order to unloc...
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    Nutrition: the quintessential sustainable development goal

    June 27, 2013 | Craig Friderichs | Global
    Nutrition: the quintessential sustainable development goal
    Consider the gravity of this statement by Joy Phumaphi, trustee of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation: "A mother who has very poor nutrition - if her child is not one of the 2.5 million children who die at birth or before birth - then she is going to ha...
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    If open data is the new oil are Primary Health Care organisations the oil pumps of our townships?

    June 13, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Global
    If open data is the new oil are Primary Health Care organisations the oil pumps of our townships?
    This is a post written by Mark Herringer, the Director at Konektaz open development initiative. It originally appeared here and has been republished with permission from the author. We are living in a new world. This world is driven by connection to one ano...
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    mHealth Online Certificate Course - Mobile Phones for Public Health June 3, 2013 – June 28, 2013

    May 30, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Global
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    mHealth is here! And yet, even though the potential is tremendous and there is an existing interest in becoming better informed, there is not much provided on the educational side. To meet the growing interest in the topic of mHealth, TechChange and mHealth Al...
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    Using M-PESA Mobile Money “Rails” To Enhance Healthcare Access

    May 23, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Sub-Saharan Africa
    Using M-PESA Mobile Money “Rails” To Enhance Healthcare Access
    This is a guest post written by Julienne Lauler, who works with Mondato, a boutique consulting firm specializing in commercial and operational support in mobile financial services. This is Part II of a twopart series on the convergence of mobile money and mHea...
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    Mobile Money: Transforming Healthcare in Emerging Markets

    May 16, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Global
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    This is a guest post written by Julienne Lauler, who works with Mondato, a boutique consulting firm specializing in commercial and operational support in mobile financial services. This is Part I of a two part series on the convergence of mobile money and mHea...
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    How a Regional Approach Can Encourage Efficiency and Empower Governments to Improve mHealth

    May 9, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Sub-Saharan Africa
    How a Regional Approach Can Encourage Efficiency and Empower Governments to Improve mHealth
    This is a guest post written by Courtney Johnson who is supporting the East African Community with their Open Health Initiative through the Clinton Health Access Initiative.  Open Health Initiative In November 2012, the Heads of State of the East Afri...
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    World Malaria Day 2013 and mHealth – “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria”

    April 25, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Global
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    Today is World Malaria Day. According to WHO, there are approximately 3.3 BILLION people who are at risk of malaria . Since 2010 major progress in the fight against malaria has been made. Malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25%  globall...
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    A new primer on sustaining mHealth interventions: m-Enabled Inclusive Business Models: Applications for Health

    April 18, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Sub-Saharan Africa
    A new primer on sustaining mHealth interventions: m-Enabled Inclusive Business Models: Applications for Health
    This is a guest post written by Pamela Riley, the Senior mHealth Advisor of SHOPS project. While mobile technology has attracted widespread recognition of the enormous opportunity for its application to development challenges, few mobile-enabled solutions a...
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    mHealth services in South Africa: We need your input!

    April 11, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
    mHealth services in South Africa: We need your input!
    As of January 2013, GSMA mHealth is tracking 326 mHealth services in Africa (up from 135 in December 2011). Sixty-three of these are listed in the South African market, the greatest number of mHealth services in an African country that we’ve tracked. . Initi...
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    mHealth 2.0: To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

    April 4, 2013 | Guest Blogger
    mHealth 2.0: To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before
    The following is a guest post by Marc Mitchell, Founder and President of D-tree International. It is time for us to get past the proof of concept stage for mHealth. The concept has been proven. We now have evidence that mobile phones in the hands of a heal...
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    Scale and Sustainability: Is it just about Numbers?

    March 28, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    This is a guest post written by Sean Blaschke, the Child Survival Systems Strengthening Specialist for UNICEF. It is nearly impossible to discuss mHealth without the topic of “scale” coming up. Although achieving scale is not required or even appropri...
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    ‘Transforming health care is a journey’: Lessons Learnt in mHealth space

    March 21, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Global
    ‘Transforming health care is a journey’: Lessons Learnt in mHealth space
    Two weeks ago I wrote about MWC13 and today I would like to share with you some additional highlights from some of the mHealth events from Congress. It was Oscar Gómez, the Director of eHealth Product Marketing in Telefónica Digital, that said the quote in t...
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    Scale-up and Sustainability of mHealth Programs: Online Discussion Forum March 18-22

    March 14, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Global
    Scale-up and Sustainability of mHealth Programs: Online Discussion Forum March 18-22
    This is a guest post by Laura Raney, the Senior Technical Officer at FHI 360 and co-founder and co-chair of the mHealth Working Group. Co-hosted by the mHealth Working Group and the mHealth Alliance, this online discussion forum aims to gather input from th...
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    Recapping Mobile World Congress 2013: ‘Making a living from mHealth isn’t easy…’*

    March 7, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Global
    Recapping Mobile World Congress 2013: ‘Making a living from mHealth isn’t easy…’*
    GSMA’s Mobile World Congress 2013 set new records! With more than 72,000 visitors from over 200 countries, attendance increased by 8 per cent over last year’s event. Additionally, over 50 per cent of this year’s Congress attendees hold C-level positions,...
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    An outstanding mHealth product – do you have enough to move a mountain?

    February 28, 2013 | Craig Friderichs | Global
    An outstanding mHealth product – do you have enough to move a mountain?
    The GSMA mHealth Tracker currently lists over 900 global products and services. We’re tracking them across more than twenty filters ranging from where in the world they are to what business model is being used to fund them. There’s some interesting stuff i...
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    Health on the move: Can mobile phones save lives?

    February 21, 2013 | Guest Blogger | South Asia
    Health on the move: Can mobile phones save lives?
    This is a guest post by Sara Chamberlain, co-author of the policy briefing and Head of ICT in India for BBC Media Action. A new BBC Media Action policy briefing, 'Health on the move: Can mobile phones save lives?' draws on BBC Media Action’s experience in...
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    mHealth events at Mobile World Congress

    February 8, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Global
    Join Mobile for Development at Mobile World Congress 2013
    With 25th of February just around the corner we are excited to share various mHealth activities happening at Mobile World Congress. Wednesday 27 February: 14:00 - 15:30: Health: Achieving Scale through Partnerships 16:00 - 17:30: Health: Innovating fo...
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    New Interactive mhealth Impact Pathway on Mobile for Development Intelligence

    January 31, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Global
    New Interactive mhealth Impact Pathway on Mobile for Development Intelligence
    Mobile for Development Intelligence (MDI) recently published an mHealth Interactive Impact Pathway, a logical framework used to measure inputs, outputs, and outcomes against stated activities or occurrences. This impact pathway highlights focus areas across...
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    mhealth 101 and How It Can Be Used To Save Lives

    January 24, 2013 | Guest Blogger | South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
    Women gather to learn facts about family planning in Abuja, Nigeria.
    This is a guest post by Andrew Broderick, the co-director of the Center for Innovation and Technology in Public Health. This post originally appeared on the Impatient Optimists blog. Each year, approximately 350,000 women around the world die unnecessarily ...
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    A look at ‘mHealth: Emerging High-Impact Practices for Family Planning’

    January 17, 2013 | Mojca Cargo | Global
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    This week, the FHI 360/PROGRESS project and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Knowledge for Health project published a draft on the use of mobile technologies in support of family planning and reproductive health, called ‘mHealth: Emerging ...
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    The most dramatic mHealth moments of 2012

    December 20, 2012 | Craig Friderichs | Global
    The most dramatic mHealth moments of 2012
    Yesterday, the Mobile World Live team launched the most dramatic mobile moments of 2012. We thought it only fitting for the GSMA mHealth team to end with a similar, dramatic ending to 2012. We’ve been trawling our websites, talking to people in the know and ...
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    New CHMI report highlights trends and challenges in mHealth

    December 14, 2012 | Guest Blogger | Global
    New CHMI report highlights trends and challenges in mHealth
    The following is a guest post by Trevor Lewis, who works on the Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI), an initiative of the Results for Development Institute. In many emerging economies, the world’s poor seek healthcare in a marketplace that bears l...
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    Why We Prefer Plain Mobile Phones: Simplicity Is Key!

    December 6, 2012 | Guest Blogger | Global
    Why We Prefer Plain Mobile Phones: Simplicity Is Key!
    This is a Guest Blog from Text to Change (TTC) Programme Manager, Arjen Swank (@arjenswank). It originally appeared on the Text to Change blog, and you can read it in its entirety here. The ICT4D sector is developing and evolving in a rapid pace and ICT and...
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    New infographic on MDG 6: How mHealth is Supporting the Combat of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases

    December 3, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Global
    New infographic on MDG 6: How mHealth is Supporting the Combat of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases
    The GSMA mHealth team has published an infographic that presents Global Overview of mHealth services with a deep dive in mHealth services in Africa addressing Millennium Development Goal 6 and showcasing three mHealth services in Africa addressing MDG6.  If i...
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    Visit us at mHealth Summit and win an iPad Mini: December 3 – 5, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

    November 29, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Global
    Visit us at mHealth Summit and win an iPad Mini
    25% discount on Full Access Pass with code: GSMA-MEM12 A soon-to-be released GSMA whitepaper reveals that U.S. healthcare providers, patients and consumers strongly believe that mHealth solutions have the potential to deliver significant benefits. Healthcar...
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    Sweating mobile assets to support the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health

    November 22, 2012 | Craig Friderichs | Global
    Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health
    Leaders met in Geneva this week to discuss the progress made on the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and to plan for the next two years. Interestingly, mobile and ICT almost didn’t feature on the agenda or in discussions. One attendee me...
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    mHealth Webinar: Highlights and recording

    November 15, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Global
    mHealth Webinar: Highlights and recording
    While progress in maternal and child survival has been made, this has not been enough to achieve the Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5. Even though maternal mortality has declined dramatically, the situation is still worrying specifically in Sub-Saharan A...
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    iAfya: Health Information through mobile phones - today in Kenya, tomorrow across Africa

    November 8, 2012 | Guest Blogger | Sub-Saharan Africa
    iAfya includes pictorial health messages, designed to make the public uptake of health information fun and to also cater for the less literate audience.
    This is a guest post, written by Dr. John Muthee, Head of Business Development, Avallain Africa "If we can improve access to health information to the masses, then we are on our way to improving health interventions and ultimately, reducing health related ...
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    Upcoming mHealth Webinar: How to maximise the impact of mHealth services for maternal and child health

    November 1, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Global
    Upcoming mHealth Webinar: How to maximise the impact of mHealth services for maternal and child health
    While progress in maternal and child survival has been made, this has not been enough to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. According to a recent report, maternal mortality has declined dramatically, with maternal deaths dropping from 543,000 to 287...
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    iheedCrowd: Animated health content for mHealth platforms

    October 25, 2012 | Guest Blogger | Global
    Animations already have been developed for topics such as breastfeeding.
    This post is written by Kunal D Patel, Medical Director at The iheed Institute. iheedCrowd, an online animation platform where digital designers have the opportunity to create the next generation of health education content, has been launched by iheed. ...
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    Is there potential for eHealth and mHealth in Nigeria’s Saving One Million Lives Initiative?

    October 18, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
    With network coverage across Nigeria, the GSMA believes that with innovative approaches, scaled and sustainable implementation of mHealth services and products can be achieved.
    Yesterday, Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan launched Saving One Million Lives, an initiative that will aim to improve access to essential primary health services and commodities for Nigeria’s women and children and to save one million lives by 2015...
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    Designing mHealth services for post-2015 MDG agenda

    October 11, 2012 | Craig Friderichs | Sub-Saharan Africa
    Designing mHealth services for post-2015 MDG agenda
    Next week the UN Commission will be meeting in Abuja to discuss the Life-Saving Commodities initiative. Nigeria, which accounts for 14% of global maternal deaths, is expected to attract significant commitments from the international community as well as launch...
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    mHealth in Kenya: great potential but many challenges to address

    October 4, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
    mHealth in Kenya: great potential but many challenges to address
    Kenya is a country of 41 million people and US$783 GDP per capita. With a health system still needed to be put in place, Kenya’s major health concerns are: High HIV prevalence rates (HIV rate is 6.3%); Extremely high rate of maternal and infant deaths ...
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    Integrating 3 into 1: Creating National Repositories of Information for mHealth & eHealth services

    September 27, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Global
    Creating National Repositories of Information for mHealth and eHealth services
    There is a proliferation of m and eHealth services, driven primarily by mobile operators, international donor agencies and civil society. Despite the proliferation of mobile services, the latent potential has not been directly converted into a sustainable impa...
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    What is the role for Mobile Operators in MDG 4? A look at Etisalat’s Mobile Baby service

    September 20, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    Last week I presented various mHealth initiatives that are helping to achieve MDG 5, which is to improve maternal health. This week I will present the role of mobile operators in helping to achieving MDG 4, with a focus on Etisalat and their Mobile Baby servic...
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    How mHealth is helping to achieve MDG 5

    September 13, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Global
    Malipur Maternity Home, Delhi, India
    In the previous two blogs, I presented frightening state of HIV/AIDS in South Africa and mHealth solutions addressing it. In the upcoming two blogs, I will address MDG 5 and MDG 4 and various mHealth initiatives. MDG 5: improve maternal health. Target 5...
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    The Current State of HIV/AIDS in South Africa: Part 2

    September 6, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    This is the second blog in a two-part series about the state of HIV/AIDS in South Africa and current mHealth initiatives addressing HIV/AIDS in the country. This post presents current mHealth initiatives in South Africa. Read Part 1 here. A tremendous need...
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    The Current State of HIV/AIDS in South Africa: Part 1

    August 30, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    This is the first blog in a two-part series about the state of HIV/AIDS in South Africa and current mHealth initiatives addressing HIV/AIDS in the country. This post presents the state of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, while the next blog will address mHealth initi...
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    Treating malnutrition in Zanzibar: Empowering health workers with an mHealth solution

    August 23, 2012 | Guest Blogger | Sub-Saharan Africa
    Treating Malnutrition in Zanzibar: Empowering Health workers with an mHealth solution
    The following is a guest post by Marc Mitchell, Founder and President of D-tree International. It’s an excerpt that appeared on Health Works Collective, as part of the Mobile Health Around the Globe series. Read it in its entirety here. Zanzibar, an islan...
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    Polio Vaccinations in Angola: How Movicel uses Mobile to help in Vaccination Campaigns

    August 16, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    ‘’Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and ...
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    Every two minutes a woman dies in childbirth – can mHealth help?

    August 10, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Global
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    August 6th 2012 is a date I will never forget-- the date that my first nephew was born. I was overwhelmed when my mum called me to tell me the news! Tears and laughter at the same time! According to my sister, everything went smoothly apart from the unbeara...
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    Hacking for Health: Working with Technology to Improve Healthcare in Malawi

    August 2, 2012 | Guest Blogger | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    The following is a guest post by Isaac Holeman. It's an excerpt that appeared on National Geographic News Watch, as part of the Digital Diversity series. Read it in its entirety here. After driving south to the end of the pavement, we continued on gravel an...
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    Mobile operator value proposition increasingly aligns with health

    July 23, 2012 | Kai-lik Foh | Global
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    In just the last three years alone, the industry has witnessed significant strides that mobile operators have made in expanding from direct-to-consumer health services to the enterprise health market. Orange, together with GE, has been awarded a contract to in...
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    Pilot-itis: What's the cure?

    July 17, 2012 | Guest Blogger | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    The following is a guest post by Sara Chamberlain, Head of ICT in India for BBC Media Action. This post originally appeared here. Speakers at the GSMA Mobile Health (mHealth) Summit in South Africa bemoaned the 'Pilot-itis’  - the inability to break ou...
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    Collaboration essential to achieve scale in mHealth

    July 11, 2012 | Craig Friderichs | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    Across Africa, 6 countries boast mobile penetration rates in excess of 100 percent. Cognisant of the fact that only one Mobile Operator (MNO) across the African continent has 100 percent market share (Ethiopia), it stands to reason that leveraging the reach...
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    mHealth and the Current State of Global Healthcare

    June 28, 2012 | Mojca Cargo | Global
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    The current state of global healthcare can be illustrated by a few key characteristics: an aging and increasing population; the threat of pandemics; the increasing costs of treatments; and, a short supply of physicians - with experienced specialists unevenly d...
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    The Value of Health Hotlines: A Perspective from the Philippines

    June 19, 2012 | Perry Flores | East Asia and Pacific
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    In 2001, Dr. Santos, a young doctor who originally hailed from one of the remote islands in the Philippines, moved to Manila to continue her medical residency in a much larger private hospital. Sometime in 2006, she received a call on her mobile phone at aroun...
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    Mobile and Development Intelligence launches with key mHealth metrics

    June 14, 2012 | Mobile for Development | Global
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    This week, the Mobile for Development launched the Mobile and Development Intelligence portal in conjunction with Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Through an open access portal, mHealth stakehold...
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    Illustrating mHealth services across the Patient Healthcare Pathway & the MDGs

    June 5, 2012 | Mobile for Development | Global
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    Last week at the Mobile Health Summit in Cape Town, our mHealth programme released a series of reports providing insight into the mobile health space. The team’s report on Using mHealth to Support Universal Health Access illustrates a comprehensive overview ...
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    Cholera, Location Based Information and the Mobile Phone

    January 17, 2012 | Kyla Reid | Sub-Saharan Africa
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    Cholera, a water born intestinal infection caused by exposure to contaminated food and water, has been largely eradicated from developed countries which have adequate water and sanitation facilities. However, in many parts of the developing world, where access...

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