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PROGRESS: Global technical leadership in mobile health

  • Kenya
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania

painted sign depicting a hand with a cell phone. © Wellcome Library, London, 2006.Global Mobile Health Community of Practice

Through presentations at global meetings, participation in a Tanzanian Mobile for Reproductive Health (m4RH) Community of Practice, and work conducted through the Knowledge for Health Project (based at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health), FHI 360 project is providing global leadership on the use of text messaging to provide information on all major family planning methods.

Africa Bureau Mobile Health Meeting

At the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Africa Bureau and USAID/Tanzania, FHI 360's PROGRESS project provided a leadership role in the “Using Mobile Technology to Improve Family Planning and Health Programs” meeting. FHI 360 staff organized the logistics of the meeting, presented a keynote address and worked with several country teams to prepare and share information at the meeting. Held in Dar es Salaam in November 2012, the meeting focused on how mobile technology could be adopted, used and scaled up to strengthen and support family planning and reproductive health. It was the third in a series of USAID-sponsored regional meetings organized by country teams to discuss important topics in family planning. Read the full meeting report (PDF, 1.1 MB).

Mobile Health Technical Guidance

As part of its partnership with the USAID-funded Knowledge for Health project, FHI 360 is producing three global resources on using mobile health (mHealth) for family planning. The three resources are an online mHealth implementation guide, a High Impact Practices brief on mHealth (which is considered an “emerging” practice in USAID’s list of high-impact practices) and an e-learning course for health professionals with little or no experience with the technology. A literature review and in-depth interviews with mHealth experts are guiding the development of all three resources, which will be completed in 2013.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Wellcome Library London.

PROGRESS (Program Research for Strengthening Services) was a five-year project awarded to FHI 360 by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in June 2008. The project sought to improve access to family planning among underserved populations by providing global technical leadership and working in selected countries.

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