Mobile health programme scoops Innovation Award
United Nations Foundation & Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership has been named winner of the Information Technology category in the 2008 IET Innovation Awards. The partners’ Mobile health (Mhealth) for development programme uses wireless technology to improve public health in developing countries.
The judges were impressed by the innovative mobile data collection tool, which is integrated into health systems to assist with emergency immunizations, and tracking other vital public health data. The category was sponsored by leading provider of industrial computer, datacommunications, and measurement and control solutions, Amplicon.
Health (mHealth) for Development data is equipping decision-makers with the right tools to make smart decisions about critical public health issues, making it easier to combat deadly diseases and save lives.
The program is also decreasing the cost of health data collection by supporting the development of the free, Open Source EpiSurveyor software for mobile devices. In addition, it is increasing the capacity of developing-country health workers by training more than 800 health workers in 22 countries in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of 2008. Plans for expansion in other regions are underway.
UN Foundation-Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership is working with the World Health Organization (WHO), the not-for-profit consultancy DataDyne.org, and country Ministries of Health, on the mHealth project.
The IET Innovation Awards celebrate the products, technologies and processes that lead the way in engineering innovation. “The work undertaken on the projects highlighted by the Innovation Awards will help businesses grow and develop and have a positive impact in many areas,” comments IET Chief Executive, Robin McGill.
Image: left to right: Gina Citroni, commercial director, Amplicon; Andrew Dunnett, director, The Vodafone Foundation; and IET Innovation Awards awards host Maggie Philbin