The article looks at what makes mobiles so useful for health, what success looks like, barriers to scale, and things that you need to get right from the get go.
- Successful mHealth initiatives scale to even the most underserved areas where the majority of deaths occur, and are funded and supported over the long-term.
- Major barriers to scaling: the donor community, the lack of a national strategy, and a technology & public health sector clash.
- Key principles for scale: costing for scale, designing for end users, aligning with key partners and priorities, and providing adequate evidence.
Read the full article – ‘mHealth: Moving Beyond Pilots to Scale and Impact’
The ‘Up for Debate’ series is a flagship offering of the new Skoll World Forum platform, to which past contributors include a wide range of global authorities including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Managing Director of the World Bank Caroline Anstey, President of the Inter-American Development Bank Luis Moreno, Executive Director of UNFPA Babatunde Osotimehin, and CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Jeff Raikes.