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  • 1. Presentation to US-Africa Private Sector Health Forum 21 November 2008 Claire Thwaites Head of Vodafone Foundation & UN Foundation Partnership
  • 2. Partnership with the UN • The UN Foundation started 10 years ago with a $1bn gift from Ted Turner • Vodafone’s £15m, 5 year partnership with the UN began in 2005 • The partnership offers Vodafone the opportunity to act as a global citizen and help tackle humanitarian challenges with technology solutions on a global scale
  • 3. Three Programme Areas
  • 4. mHealth for Development The Partnership has supported a measles vaccination program – aiming to achieve a 90% reduction in deaths by 2010. We’ve immunized 372 children and helped save 2.3m lives so far
  • 5. mHealth for Development The Partnership has supported the development of a wireless health data collection tool – enabling health workers to flag diseases and respond to potential epidemics. Working with the WHO – the wireless tool has been deployed in 22 sub-Saharan African countries so far. Already there have been improved efficiencies, more effective health systems and better patient outcomes.
  • 6. Thought Leadership & Innovation The Partnership commissions independent research on the role of mobile in helping tackle humanitarian challenges. The most recent report was on; • mHealth for development Available at www.unfoundation.org
  • 7. mHealth Defined mHealth (n) – the delivery of health care services via mobile communication devices Addresses pressing public health issues • Tracking outbreaks of communicable diseases • HIV/AIDS treatment & prevention • Maternal health care • Children’s health
  • 8. mHealth: Key Applications • Education and Awareness - SMS/text messaging in support of public health and behavioral change campaigns. • Data Collection and Record Access - Applications using mobile devices to enter and access patient data. • Monitoring and Medication Compliance - Maintain care giver appointments or ensure medication regime adherence via one-way or two-way communications on mobile devices. • Disease and Emergency Tracking – Use mobile devices to send and receive data on disease incidence, outbreaks and public health emergencies. • Health and Administrative Systems - Allow access between mHealth applications and central health systems. • Analysis, Diagnosis and Consultation - Support diagnosis and treatment through access to medical information or staff via mobile devices.
  • 9. THANK YOU cthwaites@unfoundation.org