Since 2009, the organization mHealth Alliance advocates the use of mobile technologies in medical care around the globe. MEDICA-tradefair.com talked to Patricia Mechael, executive director of the Alliance, about the application areas and the numerous projects of the organization.
Ms. Mechael, the mHealth Alliance champions the use of mobile technologies to improve health throughout the world. Which tasks does the organization have exactly?
Patricia Mechael: The mHealth Alliance has been the driving force behind a number of projects, partnerships and initiatives designed to strengthen the enabling environment for mobile health (mHealth) in low- and middle-income countries. In a growing number of countries, once-limited mHealth projects are beginning to achieve scale, thanks in part to mHealth Alliance funding, coordination, technical assistance and partnership support.
At the global level, the mHealth Alliance has produced over 20 publications in the field of mHealth, creating a healthy competition in the domain and an echo chamber effect which advanced movements in the reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and aging along with strategic programming areas of evidence, standards, policy, capacity, gender, and sustainable financing.
The mHealth Alliance conceptualized and executed the Every Woman Every Child Global Catalytic mHealth Grant Mechanism in partnership with the WHO, awarding 26 catalytic grants reaching millions of women, children and health workers. These catalytic grants are complemented by research and technical support provided by the World Health Organization-Reproductive Health and Research (WHO-RHR) and the mHealth Alliance to help the organizations achieve objectives related to scale, sustainability, partnership-building, and generating knowledge relevant to the broader health community.
In which areas of the world are you active the most?
Mechael: Most of the mHealth Alliance’s activities are focused on Africa and Asia, although the Alliance also had discreet engagements in other areas of the world, including South America. The mHealth Alliance’s membership includes more than 300 organizations from 59 countries, and it has delivered 26 catalytic grants, as well as technical support, to organizations in 14 countries that aim to reach 31 million people with mobile health information and services. : Die meisten Aktivitäten der mHealth Alliance sind auf Afrika und Asien fokussiert, obwohl wir uns auch schon in anderen Regionen der Welt, einschließlich Südamerika, engagiert haben. Die Allianz umfasst mehr als 300 Organisationen aus 59 Ländern. Sie hat Organisationen in 14 Ländern, die insgesamt 31 Millionen Menschen mit mobilen Gesundheitsinformationen und Dienstleistungen ausstatten wollen, mit 26 Stipendien und technischer Hilfe unterstützt.