Mobile health (mHealth) is the provision of health services and information via mobile and wireless technologies. Within Africa the mobile phone has become ubiquitous, making mHealth applications an important tool with which to impact the health of Africans. When applied correctly, mHealth can make real contributions to improved health outcomes. mHealth has the potential to address and overcome: (1) disparities in access to health services; (2) inadequacies of the health infrastructure within countries; (3) shortage of human resources for health; (4) high cost of accessing health; and (5) limitations in the availability of financial resources.
This third volume of the mHealth compendium contains 24 new case studies which document a range of mHealth applications being implemented mainly throughout Africa, but also in other regions. A number of mHealth interventions featured in this compendium seek to contribute to USAID’s two overarching objectives of eliminating preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and achieving an AIDS free generation. Of the 24 case studies, 2 case studies focus on mHealth applications are part of HIV/AIDS programs and 17 are part of programs providing maternal, newborn and child health services.
In order to help USAID missions access relevant mHealth information, this compendium offers project descriptions, publication references and contact information for making further inquiries. Each two-page case study includes an introduction to the health area or problem; a description of the mHealth intervention highlighted; a description of any important results or evaluation findings; lessons learned; and conclusion. In addition, the second page includes a summary of the geographic coverage, implementation partners, and donors, as well as contact information for the implementing partner and donor. The case studies in this compendium have been organized within five programmatic areas: Behavior Change Communication, Data Collection, Finance, Logistics, and Service Delivery.
The first and second volumes of the mHealth Compendium can be downloaded at http://www.msh.org/resources/infographic-mhealth-compendium-case-studies-volumes-1-2.