• Initiatives (181)
  • Mentor Mothers

    The organization employs more than 100 Mentor Mothers to promote the health of over 60,000 families in the townships surrounding Cape Town. Mentor Mothers are recruited because of their innately intelligent approach to promoting the health of their own children.

     Within these communities, Mentor Mothers are a treasured source of support, advice and medical knowledge. For the families they serve, outreach workers are often the first point of contact for health-related problems. By monitoring growth and screening children for serious illness, including malnutrition, they save lives in their community. Through their regular home visits, focused on teaching healthy behaviors, they prevents disease and improves their clients’ quality of life.

    In 2014, the Mentor Mother program at Philani caught the attention of teachers at the Stanford University School of Medicine who were experimenting with the use of teaching videos on mobile devices, to expand access to health education. In February of 2015, 12 Mentor Mothers at Philani started teaching their clients with small sturdy tablets in hand. The tablets had been pre-loaded with videos, created at Stanford, that were based on Philani’s highly-regarded health promotion curriculum. The video’s use pictures and a storyboard making teaching more efficient and engaging.

    The feedback from Mentor Mothers involved in the pilot project has been overwhelmingly positive. The demand for additional video content is high. 

  • mHealth Alliance

    The mHealth Alliance no longer exists. Some of the projects and people previously involved with the mHealth Alliance are now involved with mHELP, based in South Africa.

  • mHealth to Reduce Acute Malnutrition

    World Vision has developed an mHealth solution to improve Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programming. It provides health workers with an easy-to-use case management information resource—simple and powerful decision making and patient tracking tools that will enable a full continuum of care from the home to the health center.

    The mHealth application provides a dynamic link between front-line patient treatment data with program performance reporting and stock management to improve monitoring, evaluation and real-time decision making to save the lives of children receiving treatment for malnutrition.

    Specialized functions to support the detailed protocol components of CMAM have been developed, including for supplementary feeding, outpatient therapeutic care, and stabilization center. The functional areas include response-triggered decision tree algorithms for protocol adherence and automatic reminders to allow for scheduling follow-up visits for a child and to alert health workers when there is lost-to-follow-up. Referral notifications are attached to individual patient records, allowing data on treatment adherence and symptoms to be viewed by multiple health workers along the continuum. To support the integration of Infant and Young Child Feeding, multimedia has been integrated for targeted counseling. Data collected will be used for real- time monitoring through automatic generation of reports, reminders and alerts to supervisors and supply chain (for inventory management and stock alerts). 

  • mHELP

    The mHealth Expert Learning Program (mHELP) is a non-profit organization based in South Africa that provides support and technical assistance to governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations in low- and middle-income countries that wish to implement electronic health (eHealth) and mobile health (mHealth) into their health programs.

    mHELP offers services to those that wish to use technology to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations around the world, with a particular focus on improving reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child health, and HIV and AIDS.

    Directors and Staff are:

    Peter Benjamin (Executive Director) Chris Seebregts (Chair) Patty Mechael (Director) Helen Alexander (General Manager) Ingrid Alexander (Finance and Administrative Officer)
  • mHero

    In Liberia, UNICEF and the MOH has launched Mobile Health Worker Ebola Response and Outreach (mHero). mHero supports efforts to fight the rising Ebola epidemic. It reports new cases, broadcasts messages about care and prevention, shares training information, and supports real-time coordination between the MOH and healthcare workers.

    Three agencies combined  to construct mHero, an mHealth support for health workers tackling the Ebola outbreak. IntraHealth International, a charity based in North Carolina USA, designed mHero. UNICEF and WHO are its partners.

    Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and its health workers are seen as mHero’s the initial beneficiaries. The real time communications system combines two existing technologies, IntraHealth’s iHRIS software and UNICEF’s mobile phone SMS platform. They enable the Ministry to send and broadcast critical information promptly to health workers’ mobile phones. The messages include reports of emerging cases, reminders about safety protocols, and reference and training materials.

    Politico has a report saying that mHero is one of many tools that universities and healthcare charities are designing for the Ebola campaign. It says that Ebola patients in West Africa lack hospital beds, intravenous fluids, doctors and nurses, so misunderstandings increase Ebola’s spread. Health officials say that good information delivered promptly and extensively is vital to overcoming the disease.

  • Microsoft Health Vault

    Microsoft Health Vault is advertised as a trusted place for people to gather, store, use, and share health information online. It works with connected apps and devices and helps users share information with people they trust. Users connect to it from the web, Windows, Windows Phone, iPhone, and more. 

  • Microsoft Partners in Learning

    Microsoft provides professional development to government officials, school leaders, and educators around the world to help them take new approaches to teaching and learning, using technology to help students develop 21st century skills.

    There are 114 participating countries, 7.9 million teachers trained and 185 million students reached.

  • Mobile Against Malaria (MAMA)

    The World Malaria Report 2012 FACT SHEET says that Africa accounts for almost 90% of global Malaria deaths. Although its a curable disease malaria in poor urban neighborhoods in Mali is the main cause of suffering and death, and represents roughly 60% of the health care demand.

    The Government of Mali has invested in malaria medicine and mosquito nets for children and pregnant women, but data suggest that this is not sufficient to control malaria.

    To combat the problem, Mali launched the Mobile Against Malaria (MAMA) initiative in 2011. MAMA is a community building effort in one of the very poor outskirts of the Malian capital Bamako, Yirimadjo.

    The project contributes to the fight against malaria through the use of cell phones to improve the collection of localized data, logistics coordination and clinical communication. The mobile phone will improve patient management through a risk assessment, strengthening the patient historical documentation to speed communication (text, image , audio) between community health workers and clinics.

  • Mobile Emergency Medicine guidelines (EMGuidance)

    The Mobile Emergency Medicine guidelines (EMGuidance) is an mHealth app developed by South Africa's TOMPSA. It has been published through the app stores and is used by over 30,000 healthcare workers on their personal phones.

    The app provides relevant medical guidlelines and content to local health workers. The expert authors continuously create and publish guidelines to the application. Additionally, instructional videos about using minimal resources to perform procedure have been developed which are available through the app.

    This will eventually be integrated and adapted into the hospital solution, to ensure down the line decision support for doctors in hospitals, and will integrate with the hospital system.

    The app is avilable on Google Play and iTunes. 

  • Mobile eye clinic

    A smartphone app called Peek (Portable Eye Examination Kit) is on trial with 5,000 people in Kenya. It uses the camera to scan the lens of the eye for cataracts. A shrinking letter which appears on screen is used as a basic vision test.

    It can use the camera's flash light to illuminate the back of the eye, the retina, to check for disease.

    A patient's records are stored on the phone, their exact location is recorded using GPS and the results can be emailed to doctors.