Norway Commits to mHealth Alliance's Maternal Health Initiative

Mothers and their babies in Bangladesh. Norway has committed USD1 million for mHealth Alliance's maternal health initiative. Photo by: Bread for the World / CC BY-NC Bread for the WorldCC BY-NC

Norway has committed USD1 million for an initiative that aims to promote the use of mobile technology to improve the quality of maternal health in the developing world.

The commitment was announced at the ongoing mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C., which features speakers such as philanthropists Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ted Turner, chairman of the U.N. Foundation.

Norway’s commitment to the mHealth Alliance’s Maternal mHealth Initiative will help transform mobile phones into tools that “provide access to the information and services that save mothers’ lives and help them deliver healthy babies,” Tore Godal, special adviser for global health to the prime minister of Norway, said.

It comes at the heels of the USD1 million committed by information technology firm Hewlett-Packard to mHealth Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting links between mobile technologies and health care.

>> HP Contributes USD1 Million to mHealth Alliance

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