Rockefeller Foundation Renews Support for mHealth Alliance

    David Aylward, executive director of mHealth Alliance, speaks at the 2010 mHealth Summit. The alliance received a USD1 million pledge from the Rockefeller Foundation. Photo by: mHealth Alliance

    The Rockefeller Foundation has renewed its support for the mHealth Alliance with a fresh USD1 million grant in support of the alliance’s mission to improve health in developing countries with the help of mobile technologies.

    The foundation is a founding member of the mHealth Alliance, along with the United Nations Foundation, Vodafone Foundation, GSM Association, U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and Hewlett-Packard. Its latest contribution will support the alliance’s core activities including the Health UnBound online community and the Maternal mHealth Initiative.

    The commitment was announced at the mHealth summit in Washington, D.C, where top health and development personalities such as philanthropist Bill Gates discussed how mobile technologies can be leveraged to improve global health.

    Gates, in his keynote speech at the summit, explained that mobile technologies can be used to make immunization programs more efficient and advance the development of cheap diagnostic tools, Agence France-Presse says.

    The USD1 million donation from the Rockefeller Foundation comes on top of the combined USD2 million commitment received by mHealth Alliance from Norway and Hewlett-Packard.

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