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Financing mHealth

Financing mHealth

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Published by Adesina Iluyemi
Sustaining eHealth innovations in Africa could be a daunting task, especially if it is implemented within a public sector-driven service like healthcare. Myriad factors have been implicated in both research and practice on how to build a sustainable eHealth infrastructure globally, and especially in developing countries. But those that highlight financial or economic factors are uncommon. Case study analyses of five mHealth innovations from three continents (Africa, Asia and South America) are presented here to provide an understanding of their business and financial models. National and international governmental and non-governmental grants and social philanthropy are emergent financial sources. Social entrepreneurships are the emergent sustainable business models. Institutional support from academic researchers and both national and district governments seem also important to these mHealth innovations’ financial sustainability. Withdrawal of financial support by a national government body contributed to the failure of one of these cases. It is hoped that these findings will help to influence policy on building sustainable eHealth infrastructure in Africa.
Sustaining eHealth innovations in Africa could be a daunting task, especially if it is implemented within a public sector-driven service like healthcare. Myriad factors have been implicated in both research and practice on how to build a sustainable eHealth infrastructure globally, and especially in developing countries. But those that highlight financial or economic factors are uncommon. Case study analyses of five mHealth innovations from three continents (Africa, Asia and South America) are presented here to provide an understanding of their business and financial models. National and international governmental and non-governmental grants and social philanthropy are emergent financial sources. Social entrepreneurships are the emergent sustainable business models. Institutional support from academic researchers and both national and district governments seem also important to these mHealth innovations’ financial sustainability. Withdrawal of financial support by a national government body contributed to the failure of one of these cases. It is hoped that these findings will help to influence policy on building sustainable eHealth infrastructure in Africa.

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Published by: Adesina Iluyemi on Jul 07, 2011
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