The mHealth Alliance champions the use of mobile technologies to improve health throughout the world. Working with diverse partners to integrate mHealth into multiple sectors, the Alliance serves as a convener for the mHealth community to overcome common challenges by sharing tools, knowledge, experience, and lessons learned.
To accomplish this, the mHealth Alliance advocates for more and better quality research and evaluation to advance the evidence base; seeks to build capacity among health and industry decision-makers, managers, and practitioners; promotes sustainable business models; and supports systems integration by advocating for standardization and interoperability of mHealth platforms. The mHealth Alliance also hosts Health Unbound (HUB), an online knowledge resource center and interactive network for the mHealth community.
The mHealth Alliance is hosted by the United Nations Foundation, and founded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Vodafone Foundation, and UN Foundation. The Alliance now also includes HP, the GSM Association, and Norad among its founding partners.
The Organization's Work
The "mHealth Commons" can be defined as public goods that would accelerate the impact and mainstreaming of mHealth, which do not disproportionately benefit any one player, and are unlikely – and often impossible – to be undertaken by any individual stakeholder. With help from experts, thought-leaders, and community builders, the mHealth Alliance seeks to build the mHealth Commons through a variety of activities and engagement with a cross section of mHealth stakeholders.
The mHealth Alliance works to catalyze the power of mobile technologies to advance health and well-being throughout the world, with a focus on low-income countries. To do this, the Alliance's activities focus on strategic priorities that address the gaps in the mHealth ecosystem while also advancing mHealth initiatives in key health topics.
The Alliance mobilizes the global health and mHealth communities to take action that leads toward effective integration of mHealth into global health practices, programs, and policies.
To catalyze its members and partners to build the mobile health commons, the Alliance is undertaking the following four core activities that characterize its role in this process:
Set the agenda to build the mobile health commons
The Alliance is working with its members and partners to define the core areas in the Commons that are required to address gaps in the mHealth field.
Build the mHealth knowledge base, using it to communicate and advocate to players in global health
The Alliance is collecting and cataloguing information on mHealth (e.g., research, projects, funding). This knowledge base will be used to inform mHealth practitioners and stakeholders and encourage them to advocate for the effective use of mobile for health.
Connect, convene, and facilitate the community to address the strategic priorities
The Alliance engages in country-level workshops has established Communities of Practice on HUB to invigorate interested stakeholders and allow them to connect and exchange knowledge and ideas. The Alliance also facilitates Working Groups that jointly work on key priority areas.
Provide catalytic funding to promote the advancement of mHealth and accelerate the building of the mobile health commons
The mHealth Alliance provides small catalytic grants to mHealth activities that accelerate the building of the mHealth Commons.