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Leading Foundations to Form mHealth Alliance
Date:2/17/2009

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"Mobile technology can enable significant progress toward reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals relating to health. This mHealth Alliance will provide a platform to bring the technology and health sectors together to maximize the impact mobile technology can have in improving health across the developing world, "said Daniel Carucci, Vice President for Global Health at the United Nations Foundation, which operates a £15 million partnership with The Vodafone Foundation using mobile technology to advance UN humanitarian work.

The mHealth Alliance will encourage the development of scalable, sustainable and open-standard health solutions that can be made widely available through creating partnerships that strengthen the potential of mobile technology. It will also support project implementation and commissioning rigorous research on the opportunity for mHealth.

A new report, mHealth for Development: The Opportunity of Mobile Technology for Healthcare in the Developing World, commissioned by the United Nations and Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership, is also being launched at the GSMA conference. It is the most comprehensive report of its kind, surveying the current mHealth landscape and highlighting over 50 examples of mHealth projects in developing countries.

Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation said, "The rapidly-growing field of mHealth is a case study of smart globalizati
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