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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, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 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 research lead in the WHO UN Foundation partnership for scale-up of mHealth solutions through the “UN EWEC IWG Catalytic Scale-up Grant Program for... 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 and child health projects. Since 2012, she has provided technical support in M&E to a number of mobile health projects including MAMA in Bangladesh, MomConnect... Read More →
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Dr. Alain Labrique

PhD, MHS, MS, Director, Johns Hopkins University Global Health Initiative & Associate Professor Department of International Health /Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Community-Public Health at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and Division of Health Sciences Informatics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, John Hopkins University
Dr. Alain Labrique is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative, a multi-disciplinary Center of Excellence of over 140 projects engaged in mHealth innovation and research across the Johns Hopkins system. | | An infectious disease epidemiologist with training in molecular biology and over a decade of field experience running large population-based research studies in low and middle-income countries, he... Read More →

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

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