Sexual and reproductive health

New checklist published to help improve reporting of mHealth interventions

High angle view of a person using smartphone at desk.
HRP/Mark Leong

22 March 2016: A major obstacle to widespread adoption of mobile health (mHealth) innovations at scale has been the absence of guidelines from normative bodies. To address this lack, WHO collaborated with a team, which includes researchers from John Hopkins Global mHealth Initiative and the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP’s mHealth Technical Evidence Group (mTERG), to develop standard criteria for reporting findings from research and innovation implementation. This resulted in the mHealth Evaluation, Reporting and Assessment (mERA) checklist, which represent the first step in this direction – recently published in The BMJ.

Launch of mHealth toolkit to help innovators scale up projects for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

24 September 2015: WASHINGTON DC, USA. A new toolkit has been launched to help mHealth (mobile health) implementers to successfully and sustainably scale-up their innovations. Going beyond other resources on the subject, the MAPS toolkit provides crucial advice that is understandable and immediately useful.

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.

Mobile Health (mHealth)

Core activities


    Leading research on digital health innovations

    Current initiatives include a multi-site research study with ongoing implementation in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan.


    Innovation Working Group Catalytic mHealth grant mechanism

    This mechanism is managed by the United Nations Foundation, which provides the direct grant scale-up funding to 26 projects across 15 countries. Selected projects are ones that have demonstrated potential for scale-up of previously evaluated evidence-based mHealth strategies for improving reproductive maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH).


    WHO mHealth Technical and Evidence Review Group (mTERG)

    Generate and synthesize evidence on digital health for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health through a technical working group of experts representing ministries of health, academic and research institutions, implementing organizations, and professional associations.


Removing Barriers to Timely Essential Maternal & Newborn Services