Navigation Links
mHealth Alliance Releases Framework for Addressing Women's Empowerment in Mobile Health Projects

Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 06, 2013

Recognizing the significant impact of gender inequity on women's health in low- and middle-income countries, the mHealth Alliance today released a Gender Analytical Framework to help mHealth implementers better understand the implications of gender issues for mobile health (mHealth).

"As with all health interventions, mHealth programs designed with consideration of users’ lives and the contexts in which they live will have a much greater chance of achieving significant impact," said Patricia Mechael, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance and co-author of the framework. "mHealth projects – particularly in the case of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health – must take into account social, cultural and gender norms in order to achieve successful implementations and improve the health and wellbeing of women and families."

Research shows that many women's health problems in low-income countries, such as maternal mortality and unintended pregnancies, are directly linked to gender inequity. Furthermore, while the digital divide continues to shrink, women in low-income countries do not have equal participation in this technological advancement. A woman living in a low-income country is 21% less likely to own a cell phone than a man. While women are commonly the beneficiaries of mHealth projects, they are rarely equal participants in the development of these interventions.

The framework builds on the mHealth Alliance’s vision of gender as key to accelerating progress toward goals related to reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). It offers mHealth implementers an outline through which to understand the nuances of gender issues, as well as gaps related to gender.

VillageReach, an mHealth Alliance grant recipient, works to improve access to quality healthcare for underserved communities around the world. Insights from the organization’s mHealth projects helped inform the framework’s development.

“Having experienced first-hand the challenges associated with taking gender into account when designing mHealth programs, such as our toll-free maternal health hotline in Malawi, we were keenly aware of the need for global learning on this topic,” said Emily Bancroft, Program Director of VillageReach’s Health Systems Group. “The gender framework provides a concrete and powerful tool to help us analyze the implications of gender on our mHealth projects, and strengthen the design and implementation accordingly.”

Madhu Deshmukh, co-author of the framework and Director of Gender and RMNCH for the mHealth Alliance, will present the Gender Analytical Framework later this month at the Women Deliver conference in Malaysia.

View the full framework: Addressing Gender and Women’s Empowerment in mHealth for MNCH: An Analytical Framework
Chelsea Hedquist
Senior Communications Officer, mHealth Alliance
Office: 202.778.1632
Mobile: 202.290.8440


About the mHealth Alliance: The mHealth Alliance champions the use of mobile technologies to improve health throughout the world. Working with diverse partners to integrate mHealth into multiple sectors, the Alliance serves as a convener for the mHealth community to overcome common challenges by sharing tools, knowledge, experience and lessons learned. The mHealth Alliance is hosted by the United Nations Foundation, and its core partners include the Rockefeller Foundation, Vodafone Foundation, UN Foundation, GSMA and Norad. For more information, visit

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. SocialWellth Launches Consumer mHealth Open Network Platform
2. Aventyn® Vitalbeat™ Remote Monitoring Solution for “BYOD” Wireless Healthcare Joins Intel AppUp® SMB Service at mHealth
3. Pharmica Consulting Reports from the mHealth Conference in Washington, D.C.
4. Diet Reviews Website Introduces Lucrative Savings on Popular Diet and Exercising Programs to Help People Stay Fit in the New Year
5. GuardRFID’s Argus AllGuard Active RFID Platform Receives Lenel Factory Certification Under Lenel’s OpenAccess Alliance Program
6. The Republic of Tea Introduces 2013 First Flush Darjeeling Full-Leaf Organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Tea
7. STOP Obesity Alliance encourages nonprofit hospitals to address obesity via CHB requirements
8. JRG Consulting Services, LLC Poised to Lead Strategic Growth and Business Alliance Development for RTT Mobile Interpretation (RTT)
9. The Melanoma Research Alliance Foundation supports CNIO research
10. Alliance Storage Technologies and Blue Chip Technical Services (Pvt) Ltd. Announce Partnership to Expand the Reach of Professional Data Archiving Solutions
11. Alliance Between Magneceutical Health and The Masters Circle
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 01, 2015 , ... Trustify is proud to announce the success of the ... an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. , Trustify and Becky’s Fund have joined ... survivors of domestic violence. Trustify is also proud to announce the launch of the ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Henderson, a town of ... Gigabit Internet through a partnership this year with Aeneas Internet and Telephone. , ... attractive destination for entrepreneurs who want to build a business. Whether startups or ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... Angeles, CA (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... coalition of obesity groups has filed a discrimination claim against the U.S. Department of ... coverage in their Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans are breaking the clause in the ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Speech and physical therapies are ... innovative technologies and under the right circumstances, these practices can be merged. ... dual-approach to his or her therapeutic sessions, as well as gives the physical ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , ... December 01, 2015 , ... It’s official: Tattoo ... tattoo — a number even greater among Millennials (a whopping one in three aged ... and more people who are dissatisfied with their ink. In fact, RealSelf , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... 01, 2015 ... the "Medium Molecular Weight Polyisobutylene Market ... Other Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, ... 2023" report to their offering. ... addition of the "Medium Molecular Weight ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... 1, 2015   Nottingham Spirk , a ... the publication of a free whitepaper , ... Market". The whitepaper gives medical product companies, pharmaceutical ... this lucrative segment. Nottingham Spirk ... manage their own health, save money (i.e., fewer ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... 1, 2015 Array BioPharma Inc. ... its Chief Executive Officer, Ron Squarer ... Healthcare Conference in New York.  The public ... through a webcast on the Array BioPharma ... --> , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: