Martha Holley Newsome is responsible for World Vision International’s Sustainable Health global program group, including food, nutrition, HIV and AIDS, and water, sanitation and hygiene. She has a masters of public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and a B.A. from Wheaton College in Illinois. Martha is also a mHealth advocate and has been championing the scale up of digital technology for maternal and child health and nutrition within World Vision and served on the mHealth Alliance board for three years. She currently sits on the mPowering Frontline Health Workers steering committee.
Mobile phones provide an incredible opportunity to vastly improve the quantity, quality and services that community health workers provide, particularly in countries with very limited resources for health worker training and supervision. World Vision's Martha Newsome explains why mobile phones are not a luxury, but a vital part of the health care toolkit.