2013 IWG mHealth catalytic grant competition

The mHealth Alliance, in partnership with the Innovation Working Group (IWG), the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child effort and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), have issued a call for Letters of Interest for the 2013 competition for catalytic funding to scale promising mobile health (mHealth) programs that aim to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) outcomes.

The main purpose of this catalytic funding, which is disbursed over a two-year period, is to support mHealth programs that demonstrate evidence of: improved health outcomes for women and children in low-and middle-income countries; a sustainable business plan for scale; a scale-up plan; and a rigorous monitoring and evaluation plan. All projects must aim to contribute to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 (maternal-newborn and child health) and are expected to engage in a public-private partnership. Both the mHealth Alliance and the IWG view public-private partnerships as having important potential to spur innovation, develop new business models, improve the quality of health services, and offer solutions to priority RMNCH challenges.