MHealth at ICFP in Dakar. General overview mHealth was a hot topic: a dedicated track with good attendance at those presentations Focus on using mHealth.

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  • mHealth at ICFP in Dakar

  • General overviewmHealth was a hot topic: a dedicated track with good attendance at those presentations

    Focus on using mHealth to strengthen health systems mHealth shouldnt be viewed as a silver bullet

    mHealth within FP is still in its infancy

  • mHealth auxiliary session discussionScale-upPushed to scale too soon?Importance of compatibility with local systemsPhased approachEconomies of scale

    Platform versus/and contentInteroperability, stakeholder understanding of platofrmsComrehensive process for content development

  • mHealth auxiliary session discussionSimple v. cool/the next big thingSMS, smart phones, and multi-channel platforms

    Sustainability and ownership

    Tools/resources needed by the fieldMinimum package for evaluating mHealth initiatives (underway with WHO/mHealth Alliance?)Advocacy tools to encourage telecoms to invest in mHealth Guidance for mHealth content/message development and testing

    *Point 2: links to WHO HSS framework, presentations on supporting health personnel, streamlining HMIS and LMIS, reaching clients with infoPoint 3: important issues to consider with regard to sustainability and cost, when to go to scale, and the appropriate role of public-private partnerships

    **Second point: maintaining quality and accuracy of information while promoting rapid and wide disseminationThrid point, 3rd sub-point: (an mBCC toolkit is a part of the mHealth toolkit; something else may be under development at K4H)

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