• Initiatives (181)
  • Mobile Health Africa Congress

    The Mobile Health Africa Congress brings together stakeholders in Health and Technology in Kenya to discuss developments, changes, legislation as well as implementation of policies to strengthen the mHealth sector.

    AMC describes the following benefits of Attending:

    Investigating and gaining an insight into new trends in mobile health technology Build partnerships that will guide you to success and longevity of your initiatives Explore real time solutions that are applicable to your region Foster collaboration in the digitization of your healthcare services Connect with policymakers to understand the legislative future Source practical tips from organizations that have adopted mHealth Realize the importance of technology in encouraging patient self-management and improving population healt

     

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  • Mobile Midwife

    Airtel Nigeria has partnered with Grameen Foundation and VAS2nets Technologies Ltd to unveil a mHealth service Mobile Midwife in Nigeria. Mobile Midwife is a tailored mobile service designed to provide vital healthcare and nutrition information.

    The Mobile Midwife service comes in two variants: Pre-natal services and new born/mother services. Both services are aimed at improving antenatal seeking behaviour of pregnant women and access to validated health and nutrition information.

    To subscribe and register for the Mobile Midwife pre-natal services, customers are expected to dial 1561. Upon registration, subscribers receive calls from the service, once a week, with information which is tailored to their stage of pregnancy. They can also call in and speak to experienced medical personnel at any time.

    For new born/mother services, customers are required to dial 1561 to listen to the voice prompt and register for the service. Upon registration, subscribers will receive information, at frequent intervals, via IVR, throughout the first year of the child’s life.

    The Mobile Midwife subscription service is billed at N30 per week. Subscribers are notified every day for the last 2 days before expiration of their subscription. Customers registered for the service can also dial 1561 to speak directly with a doctor at N50 per minute at any time and on any day of the week.

    Mobile Midwife was first developed in Ghana through a collaboration between Grameen Foundation and the Ghana Health Service. 

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  • Mobile Product Authentication (MPA)

    Counterfeiting is rife in Nigeria as it is in many West African countries and in many instances, is life threatening. In 2010 Nigeria launched a Mobile Product Authentication (MPS) initiative to address its counterfeit problem

    It implemented Sproxil, an award-winning Mobile Product Authentication (MPA) technology. It engages consumers at point of sale through brand assurance, fraud protection, and loyalty rewards. MPA is touted as the most-widely used solution of its kind, deployed by several large companies across ten industries and protecting millions of consumers around the world.

    The system works by supplying unique numbers to brand owners. The customer can then check authenticity by sending an SMS with the code to a mobile number. The consumer receives & response verifying whether it is a genuine code. Over 700,000 products were coded during the Nigerian pilot in 2010, and Sproxil has generated over 120 million codes since then. Sproxil conducted due diligence on companies through the Nigerian FDA, NAFDAC and also to see whether a product had been banned or not.

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  • MobiQube LifeQube Platform

    The MobiQube LifeQube platform was developed to satisfy the need for accurate and timely information, an essential component in delivering Primary Health Care services in Rural Areas. The Platform leverages best of breed technologies deliver basic software to a Mobile Phone allowing the Primary Health Care Practitioner to effectively run a rural clinic, with the full knowledge that his/her activities can be remotely monitored, corrected and evaluated by the appropriate staff and clinical professionals.

    To date MobiQube has rolled out to over 90 health posts cross Rwanda, with further plans to roll out to 60 more by the end of 2015.

    It has helped to reduce data capturing errors. The data currently being collected by the platform are being used to monitor stock usage and prevent stock outs of crucial medicine and disease incidences.

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  • MoJa

    mHealth is set to transform the nature of blood donation in Ghana. Vodafone Ghana Foundation and Mpire Info Business System are collaborating to develop MoJa, a blood donation app. It encourages people to donate blood by providing free access to qualified medical practitioners through live chats, virtual clinics and daily health tips.

    The app helps the National Blood Service to replenish its stock, search, match and contact interested donors in case of emergencies. Commenting on this in an article in Modern Ghana, Nana Yaa Ofori-Koree, Sustainability and Foundation Manager at Vodafone Ghana said, “As a company, we are strong believers in the notion that poverty should not be a barrier to quality healthcare. We find the MoJa app as a major turning point in the drive to ensure Ghana’s blood bank never runs out. We will continue to support initiatives such as this, which promote good healthcare for Ghanaians.”

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  • MomConnect

    MomConnect is a free service that builds on the success of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) and aims to use mobile health tools, messaging services and other platforms to create awareness among pregnant women about available health services for their infants. It is a collaborative pilot project between the National Department of Health in South Africa and many other organisations, including Praekelt Foundation, Jembi Health Systems, the Council for Scientific and Industiral Research (CSIR), mHealth Alliance, GSMA, CHAI and Soul City. The Department is also working closely with all the mobile network operators in South Africa.

    The project is aimed at all South African mothers who are typically:

    All pregnant women. Only engaging with the healthcare system from the 21st week of pregnancy. Able to read and write. Accessing a shared or their own own cellphone.

    MomConnect has three main objectives: 

    To register each pregnancy at a government health facility. To send stage-based, personalised SMSes to each mom in the registry. To allow women to engage with the health system through help desk tools and services.
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  • MoTeCH

    The Mobile Technology for Community Health (MOTECH) initiative in Ghana is an mhealth initiative building awareness of critical maternal client information. 

    The MOTECH initiative offers a range of services delivered over basic mobile phones that provides relevant health information to pregnant women and encourages them to seek pre-natal care from local facilities. After birth, the system addresses common questions about newborn care. At the same time, the system helps community health workers identify women and newborns in their area that need healthcare support and automates the tracking of patients who have received care.

    The two-and-a-half-year project is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, collaboration between Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Ghana Health Service.

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  • mPedigree

    The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has partnered with mPedigree Network and PopOut to launch the Patients’ Research, Empowerment, Vigilance, and Education Through New Technologies, also known as the PREVENT initiative of Ghana.

    PREVENT is working to stop fake and counterfeit medicines entering the Ghanaian supply chain. It aims to do this using a three pronged approach by:

                Improving vigilance             Empowering patients             Educating the public.

    The initiative is encouraging people to visit its website for important tips and alerts on how to keep safe and avoid fake medicines. PSGH is also using a number of social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Watsapp, to engage with Ghanaians on the issues of using counterfeit drugs.

    Fake medicines can result in organ damage, disabilities and death. He expressed the hope that the PREVENT initiative will help to provide a solution to the fake medicines menace.

    A growing number of medicines made and marketed by PSGH members are coded with unique identity codes covered with safe scratch-off ink. To test the authenticity of their medical supplies, patients simply have to scratch off the panel on a pack of medicine, and then text the revealed PIN for free to shortcode 1393. They’ll then receive a response about their medicine authenticity.

    The app helps protect underprivileged people who are vulnerable to purchasing fake drugs and is also helping to restore confidence to the healthcare system.

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  • mRamadan

    Managing diets is a constant challenge for diabetics. Religious festivals and fasting can sometimes make it more demanding. The mRamadan initiative can help. It was launched in Dakar on June 16, 2014. It originated from the mDiabetes program currently underway in Senegal, and reported in eHNA. The pilot helps people with diabetes safely manage their health while fasting. Diabetics in Senegal can now receive free, daily SMS with recommendations for fasting before, during and after the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan.

    mRamadan’s goal is to help diabetic patients in Senegal safely manage their illness and reduce the number of emergency hospitalisations that normally peak during Ramadan.

    While Islam exempts anyone too young, too old, pregnant, or not in good health, from fasting many diabetics say they try to abstain from food and drink during Ramadan. Some also stop taking insulin injections, which are needed to regulate blood glucose levels.

    According to Voice of America, Dr. Maimouna Ndour Mbaye, a professor of internal medicine and diabetology, the first risk is hypoglycemia, which can be very harmful to the brain. There is also a risk of hyperglycemia, because when they fast, their diabetes is less controlled. They cannot take their medication on a regular basis as they do on a normal day. And this is a risk and exposes [patients] to complications.

    Mbaye said diabetics are also at an increased risk of dehydration. It’s often not advisable for diabetics to fast when they have other existing conditions, such as chronic kidney problems. These conditions can worsen, and in some cases become extremely serious.

    When Ramadan is over, diabetic participants will continue to receive their SMS support. It’ll include messages about the importance of checking in with a doctor to make sure their diabetes is still well-controlled, and to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

    mRamadan is part of the "Be Healthy Be Mobile" initiative of the ITU.

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  • MSF Guidance

    The Open Medicine Project of South Africa worked with MSF to develop MSF Guidance, a phone application providing offline access to regularly updated field medicine information, including clinical guidelines, drug information and procedures. The MSF Guidance App is currently being used in 116 countries worldwide. 

    Health workers saving lives in remote and dangerous areas require on the go access to treatment information. Often having no connectivity or no books for guidance, doctors and nurses find themselves without the correct knowledge to treat patients.

    The app is avilable on Google Play and iTunes. 

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