Sexual and reproductive health

Digital tool for frontline health workers finalist for global health prize

Health workers looked at Open Smart Registry Platform
Roger Wong

20 August 2015: Saving Lives at Birth: A GRAND CHALLENGE FOR DEVELOPMENT recognises THRIVE Consortium’s Open Smart Register Platform (OpenSRP) as finalists for a Transition-to-Scale grant. The digital tool has been developed by WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP and partners, to allow frontline health workers to electronically register and monitor the health of their clients.

Engaging mobile network operators to help improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health

Africa, a health worker providing medical consultation with a mobile phone.
HRP/Mark Leong

MAY 12-15 2015: Lilongwe, Malawi – WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP, has launched two Digital Health products which aim to help improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. These are the mHealth Assessment and Planning Scale (MAPS) tool and the Practical guide for engaging with mobile network operators in mHealth for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. The MAPS tool is undergoing validation at the conference with an official launch of the final product planned in June.

Use of mobile technology for health

Health provider using a mobile phone as a tool during a counselling session with a young mother and her baby
Biyeun Buczyk

The use of mobile technology for health – mHealth – has emerged as an important innovation with tremendous potential to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income settings, through improved access to knowledge and information, by improving service delivery and reducing response time to crises.

Mobile Health (mHealth)

WHO mHealth Technical and Evidence Review Group (mTERG)

The mTERG is comprised of experts representing ministries of health, academic and research institutions, implementing organizations, and professional associations. Next meeting: Spring 2014


HRP* leads the research as a collaborator for the United Nations Innovation Working Group (IWG) catalytic grant competition for maternal, newborn, and child mobile health (mHealth) program, managed by the mHealth Alliance.

* UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction has been widely known for many years by the abbreviation, HRP.

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