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mHealth for Development
The Opportunity of Mobile Technology for Healthcare in the Developing World
Vital Wave Consulting
About The United Nations Foundation and Vodafone FoundationTechnology Partnership
The United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership is a leading public-private alliance using strategic technology programs to strengthen the UN’s humanitarian effortsworldwide. The Partnership has three core commitments: (1) to support the use of rapid response mobiletelecommunications to aid disaster relief; (2) to develop health data systems that improve access to healthdata thereby helping to combat disease; and (3) to promote research and innovative initiatives usingtechnology as an agent and tool for international development. Further information can be found at:www.unfoundation.org/vodafone.
United Nations Foundation The Vodafone Foundation1800 Massachusetts Ave., NW Vodafone HouseSuite 400 The ConnectionWashington, D.C. 20036 Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2FNUSA UKRegistered Charity No: 1089625
Recommended Citation
Vital Wave Consulting. mHealth for Development: The Opportunity of Mobile Technology for Healthcarein the Developing World. Washington, D.C. and Berkshire, UK: UN Foundation-Vodafone FoundationPartnership, 2009.
Cover Photo Credits
UN Mark Garten and UN Foundation.
The United Nations Foundation and The Vodafone Foundation are workingtogether to harness the power of mobile technology in support of UnitedNations programs across the globe. Since 2005 our £15 million TechnologyPartnership has funded the use of wireless communications to advance globalhealth and disaster relief work, and to further public discourse about howwireless technology can address some of the world’s toughest challenges.This fourth publication, “mHealth for Development: The Opportunity ofMobile Technology for Healthcare in the Developing World,” in our Accessto Communications series evidences, through its research and selection ofcase studies, the potential of mHealththe use of mobile communications(mobile phones and PDAs) for health services and information. This field hasthe potential to transform the approach to a variety of healthcare challengesin the developing world by accelerating the collection and storage of patientdata, training rural professionals with health updates and guidance, andpersonalizing to new levels the process of patients receiving and engaging inavailable medical treatment.As the case studies in the report demonstrate, governments, companies, andnon-profit groups are already developing mHealth applications to improvehealthcare and consequently save lives. These new mobile applications,bypassing the fixed-line solutions, are creating new pathways for sharinghealth-related information, even in the most remote and resource-poor environments.We invite you to review the potential of this area of activity and join the discussion of mHealth fordevelopment. We would welcome your comments and ideas at www.unfoundation.org/mHealth-report.Vittorio Colao, CEO Ted Turner, ChairmanVodafone United Nations Foundation

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