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Frontline health workers are the first and often the only link to health care for millions of families in low and middle income countries. Mobile technology, nearly ubiquitous in these countries, offers a revolutionary opportunity to strengthen the capacity of frontline health workers and expand the coverage of critical maternal and child health interventions such as antenatal services, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, essential newborn care, immunization, and early detection and treatment of diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia.
To harness the power of mobile technology at scale, USAID has joined forces with public and private sector partners to form a three-year partnership called mPowering Frontline Health Workers. This innovative partnership is designed to improve maternal and child health by accelerating the use of mobile technology by frontline health workers around the world. The USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival Program serves as the partnership secretariat. As well as supporting financial and human resources management, MCHIP helps to identify potential points of collaboration and areas where working jointly will bring benefits to the aims of both mPowering and MCHIP.
The Global Tools Task Force advises on the development and dissemination of tools, multimedia digital health content, open standards and training materials to support organizations implementing mHealth programs for frontline health workers.
The task force will also develop a strategy to build capacity for social enterprises offering mHealth products and services for health workers. The task force is co-chaired by iheed and the Open Concept Lab.
The Country Programs Task Force advises on the development of country plans for targeted technical assistance to support the scale-up of existing mHealth initiatives.
Targeted technical assistance includes policy support, operations research, evaluation, implementation support, business modeling, stakeholder engagement, documentation, and/or catalytic funding for the development of evidence-based prototype applications. The task force is co-chaired by UNICEF and the MDG Health Alliance.
The Research and Evaluation Task Force is developing a strategy to build the evidence base on the use of mHealth to improve performance and accountability of frontline health workers.
The task force will develop tools to help governments, managers and funders make evidence-based decisions on the use of mobile technology to improve the quality, efficiency and coverage of health interventions. The task force is co-chaired by the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative and Vital Wave Consulting.
The Advocacy Task Force is developing a strategy to inform the global health community of the variety of ways mobile technology can support accountability and performance of frontline health workers.
The task force is co-chaired by GlaxoSmithKline and the Praekelt Foundation.
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