Sexual and reproductive health

Engaging mobile network operators to help improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health

Africa, a health worker providing medical consultation with a mobile phone.
HRP/Mark Leong

MAY 12-15 2015: Lilongwe, Malawi – WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP, has launched two Digital Health products which aim to help improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. These are the mHealth Assessment and Planning Scale (MAPS) tool and the Practical guide for engaging with mobile network operators in mHealth for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. The MAPS tool is undergoing validation at the conference with an official launch of the final product planned in June.

Use of mobile technology for health

Health provider using a mobile phone as a tool during a counselling session with a young mother and her baby
Biyeun Buczyk

The use of mobile technology for health – mHealth – has emerged as an important innovation with tremendous potential to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income settings, through improved access to knowledge and information, by improving service delivery and reducing response time to crises.

Prioritizing integrated mHealth strategies for universal health coverage

12 September 2014: A new article, authored by WHO and Johns Hopkins on prioritizing mHealth strategies for universal health coverage was published today in Science. The article, drawing from seminal work in health systems analysis, presents a novel framework for visualizing and planning how mHealth innovations can be applied to help surmount common and persistent constraints along the pathways toward the achievement of universal health coverage. It responds to the need for a framework to help prioritize investments and opportunities for collaboration, in the context of a growing interest in use of telecommunications technologies to help scale up and integrate public health interventions of known efficacy.

Mobile Health (mHealth)

WHO mHealth Technical and Evidence Review Group (mTERG)

The mTERG is comprised of experts representing ministries of health, academic and research institutions, implementing organizations, and professional associations. Next meeting: Spring 2014


HRP* leads the research as a collaborator for the United Nations Innovation Working Group (IWG) catalytic grant competition for maternal, newborn, and child mobile health (mHealth) program, managed by the mHealth Alliance.

* UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction has been widely known for many years by the abbreviation, HRP.

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