If Ethiopia is to achieve two of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, mobile technologies will need to play a central role, according to a proposed strategic plan now being circulated in global development spheres. The document is intended to serve as a model for other countries considering national mobile health strategies.
The UN wants developing countries such as Ethiopia to reduce child mortality by two-thirds and deaths of new mothers by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015. Greater availability of community-based health services are key to achieving these goals, and mobile technologies can make community health workers more efficient and effective, suggests a detailed report from Vital Wave Consulting, a Mountain View, Calif.-based firm that specializes in finding ways technology can help accelerate growth in emerging markets.
“If managed successfully, mHealth can be an effective tool for advancing the government’s key health initiatives, particularly community-based interventions that have women at their center,” the report says.