Appreciate the scale of the Health Education challenge in developing countries
Review the landscape of mHealth Education applications in use today
Identify opportunities and barriers for mHealth Education achieving its full potential, and propose ideas for advancing mHealth Education going forward
TO ACHIEVE THE MDGs, DEVELOPING COUNTRIES NEED TO TRAIN AND EDUCATE MANY MORE HEALTHCARE WORKERS Millions of health workers No. health workers 2.9-3.5 2.1 Additional health workers required to achieve the MDGs No. of health workers as of 2008 Relying solely on traditional medical professionals such as doctors and nurses is not sufficient to meet these demands. Therefore, training and support for paraprofessionals such as midwives, community health workers and nurses is essential to any cost effective health workforce strategy. Source: 1)Taskforce on Innovative International Financing Systems, More Money for Health and More Health for the Money, March 2009, and Working Group 1 Technical Report: Constraints to Scaling Up and Costs, 5 June 2009. 2) Kinfua, Yohannes et al. “The health worker shortage in Africa: are enough physicians and nurses being trained?” in Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2009, 87:225-230.
QUALITY TRAINING FOR HEALTH WORKERS MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE TO HEALTH OUTCOMES Source: WHO Global Experience of Community Health Workers for Delivery of Health Related Millennium Development Goals: A Systematic Review, Country Case Studies, and Recommendations for Integration into National Health Systems , Begum 198733 Rural Districts (Bongra, Tongi & Dhaka) Bangladesh.pg61.
MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN HEALTH AND OTHER ASPECTS OF DEVELOPMENT Source: International Telecommunication Union. The World in 2010: ICT Facts and Figures. 2010.
Mobile phones are permeating society
5.3 billion mobile phones at the end of 2010; 3.8 billion in developing countries
Access to mobile phone network for 90% of the world; 80% of the population living in rural areas.
Mobile applications are already addressing a variety of development issues including finance, agriculture and education.
MHEALTH EDUCATION USES MOBILE DEVICES FOR TRAINING, TESTING AND SUPPORT OF HEALTH WORKERS AND INDIVIDUALS What is the NEED? Who is the LEARNER? What type of CONTENT is being delivered? How is the information being delivered?