World Vision International
publication • Tuesday, May 9th 2017

Global mHealth Portfolio

2016 Overview

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World Vision has nearly a decade of experience deploying mHealth solutions in support of its child-focused and community-based health and nutrition programming.
 
Over the past year, the global portfolio has undergone some consolidation as country teams appreciate the longer-term groundwork necessary to bring mHealth solutions to scale. At the end of 2016, there were 15 active deployments supporting community health workers (CHWs) and health facility staff in nine different countries in Africa, South and Southeast Asia (see map). A number of these projects continue to leverage the common applications built on the CommCare/MOTECH platform as a cost-efficient solution for rapid deployment in support of five of World Vision’s standard programming approaches. The multi-functional approach taken by these deployments continues to be prevalent across the portfolio (see functionality
matrix).
 
Noteworthy accomplishments in 2016 include a vibrant multi-stakeholder engagement process in Sierra Leone
whereby government health and information & communications ministries continued to cultivate alignment between health systems strengthening and digital health spheres. Several other projects in Asia and Africa actively engaged in similar partnering discussions with government counterparts. Additionally, World Vision Indonesia’s research partnership with the UK’s Institute of Development Studies (IDS) contributed to the evidence base that supports the value of mHealth investment.
 
By sharing learnings across projects and showcasing breakthrough approaches, World Vision continues to build momentum towards its current goal of reaching more than 200,000 vulnerable women and children by the end of 2017.
 
Learn more about World Vision mHealth: http://www.wvi.org/mHealth