Source: UN Foundation/David Isaak
This morning at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC, the mHealth Alliance announced a two-year $1 million aggregate donation from HP to help further the Alliance’s mission enable innovations that deliver quality health at the furthest reaches of wireless networks and mobile devices. The investment also makes HP a Founding Partner in the mHealth Alliance.
UPDATE: On Tuesday The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Norad, announced its own $1 million grant to the mHealth Alliance to help support its Maternal mHealth Initiative. On Wednesday, The Rockefeller Foundation announced its $1 million grant to the mHealth Alliance to support the organizations activities around leveraging mobile technologies to improve health in low and middle income countries. That marks three days in a row of $1 million grant announcements for the mHealth Alliance at the 3-day mHealth Summit it co-produced in Washington DC this week.
“HP’s financial, technical and project support to mHealth Alliance initiatives significantly expands our ability to catalyze the partnerships, solutions, and sustainable deployments of mobile technology that can enable healthier lives for all, especially in the developing world,” David Aylward, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance stated in a press release.
HP’s funding will support the Alliance’s core initiatives including the recently launched Health UnBound (HUB) online community, which aims to facilitate global knowledge sharing and collaboration among global health and mHealth workers. The funding will also support the mHealth Alliance’s Maternal mHealth Initiative.
“We feel a strong obligation to global health from both a business and social impact perspective and are committed to helping to improve lives and change the healthcare equation for people around the world,” Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of Global Social Innovation, HP, stated in the release.
While HP is now a founding member of the mHealth Alliance, the organization has existed for nearly two years. In February 2009 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, The UN Foundation, Vodafone Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation co-founded the mHealth Alliance. PEPFAR and the GSM Association were announced as founding partners since then.
“We wanted to get together [to form the mHealth Alliance] because we felt that mHealth was really on the tipping point” Claire Thwaites, head of the Vodafone Foundation and United Nations Foundation partnership told MobiHealthNews in February 2009. “There is a huge amount of programs going on around the world in pilot phases. We wanted to be able to share what we were doing and see what synergies there were. We made a commitment then to form a global mHealth Alliance.”
“Getting a rational eHealth system with a sophisticated mHealth system extending it into the community, is certainly where we are trying to go,” David Aylward, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance told MobiHealthNews September 2009 when he took the helm of the organization. ”We certainly don’t have either in this country. Even if we do find a good model, it’s not clear to me that we would import it back into this country. What could happen though is a whole bunch of consumer-based health services that were one step removed from the core health system in the developed market could be a result of success in the developing markets. The industrial barriers to interoperability in the U.S. — and I don’t know about Europe but I suspect the same thing — are so powerful that even a whole bunch of good examples from Africa and Asia is not going to overcome the vested economic interests in the United States.”
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