Several African countries will receive grants from the mHealth Alliance and the Norwegian Agency for Development and Corperation (Norad) to improve health care distribution through mobile phone services.
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, Malawi , Zanzibar and Nigeria will benefit from the oncoming grants through various organizations in the countries.
These mHealth initiatives span from malaria control, reproductive health, management software for patients and providing crucial information to patients through the mobile phone.
In addition to catalytic funding, these competitive grants offer targeted technical assistance, provided by the mHealth Alliance and WHO. This assistance helps guide grantees through critical, yet challenging, processes along the path to scaling up, mHealth Alliance said.
“During the two-year grant period, grant winners will have the opportunity to not only receive technical assistance but also to collaborate and share lessons learned with each other and the previous rounds of grantees. The shared learning will, in turn, contribute to the global mHealth community’s understanding of best practices for scaling up mHealth.”
“In 2013 we received more qualified, promising proposals than ever before, and we are delighted to be awarding grants to 10 recipients, two more than in previous years,” said Helga Fogstad, head of Global Health section at Norad.
“This is a reflection of the momentum of mHealth for maternal and child health around the world, and Norad is committed to helping further this momentum by supporting mHealth programs to reach national scale and positively impact the health of millions in hard to reach areas.”