The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Wednesday, May 18 • 16:30 - 17:30
State of the Evidence of ICTs for Health Systems: A WHO-Led Interagency Group on mHealth Meeting to Develop Practical Guidelines LIMITED

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Despite growing consensus that mHealth strategies have the potential to improve Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health the rate of innovation has outpaced the generation of evidence quantifying improvements in healthcare. This panel draws on recent work of WHO mHealth Technical and Evidence Review Group to present findings from a meeting, and details of the process being used to synthesize evidence on the effectiveness of mHealth strategies for health program implementation, and system strengthening. This interactive panel-discussion will detail the WHO effort for synthesizing evidence on effective mHealth strategies to address the diversity of categories of health systems constraints that apply to most health domain areas, including reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health. It will provide session participants with an overview of how researchers, governments, policy-makers and donors will soon have WHO guidance needed to be able to comparatively review and assess the risks and benefits of specific mHealth strategies, in order to systematically plan for integrated development and deployment of digital health information systems that are able to address the full range of national health needs within the SDG era.

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Dr. Garrett Mehl

Scientist, World Health Organization
Dr. Garrett Mehl leads work on digital innovations for reproductive, maternal and child health at WHO. This includes evidence synthesis as manager of the WHO Technical and Evidence Review Group on mHealth for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (mTERG), and as WHO implementation... Read More →

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Dr. Smisha Agarwal

Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Agarwal is an Associate in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Global mHealth Initiative (JHU-GmI). She is a population health scientist with expertise in monitoring and evaluation of large scale maternal... Read More →
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Dr. Alain Labrique

Director / Associate Professor, JHU Global mHealth Initiative
Dr. Alain Labrique is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative, a multi-disciplinary consortium engaged in digital health innovation and research across the Johns Hopkins system. Labrique serves as an mHealth and Technical Advisor to several... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30 EAT
Jambo Conference Centre E