The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) has committed $9.9 million to the mHealth Alliance to help it create grant competitions for innovative mobile health services that aim to improve women and children’s health. Maternal health has been an area of focus for mHealth services: Text4Baby, a free, SMS-based health service for new and expectant mothers is perhaps one of the most well-known mobile health services to launch in the US.
The funds will help the mHealth Alliance run the program for three years during which the mHealth Alliance, which is hosted by the United Nations Foundation, will award grants to mobile health organizations that demonstrate a “capacity to scale up evidence-based mHealth interventions that improve health outcomes,” the organizations wrote in a press release.
“Some of the poorest countries are making significant reductions in maternal and neonatal mortality,” stated Tore Godal, co-chair of the Innovative Working Group and Special Advisor for Global Health to the Prime Minister of Norway. “But there is still much work to be done. The use of mobile technology demonstrates how innovation creates unprecedented potential for scale-up. With two out of three mobile users living in developing countries, these grants are critical to global health and development – important parts of achieving the Millennium Development Goals, particularly those related to women.”
“Mobile phones make participation possible for women to access the health care they need, including family planning, birth, child care, and survival,” Godal continued.
The mHealth Alliance competition is now “open to applications from public-private partnership-driven projects that have the potential to improve women’s and children’s health and reduce their risk of dying in developing countries,” according to the alliance. These projects must also “have evidence of positive outcomes from a pilot or early phase development” and “are ready for scale-up.”
Last year’s award winners are now launching their mobile health services in Ghana, India, and Uganda. More details in the press release below: Keep reading>>