mHealth: the Opportunity for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

The ITU Blog

m-healthMobile phones are the most rapidly adopted technology in the world: next year, there will be more mobile phones than human beings on this planet.

For all of us who work in global health the question is how can we leverage the power of these billions of mobile phones to advance global health goals? This question becomes more tangible when we look at the potential use of mobile technology to prevent and control Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). As IFPMA’s latest report Health at your fingertips shows, this is already happening in a number of countries where pilot projects have been implemented. We now need to bring these pilots to scale.

Recently, I had the pleasure to discuss these issues during a roundtable we organized together with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU and the World Health Organization (WHO) are already working on an intersectoral mHealth initiative

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