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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, 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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Dr. Garrett Mehl

World Health Organization
Scientist
Switzerland
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 mHealth”. Additionally, he is the principal scientist coordinating the THRIVE (Technologies for Health Registries, Information, and Vital Events) Consortium multisite research trial of the Open Smart Register Platform (OpenSRP) for improving quality and coverage of essential RMNCH interventions across the continuum of care. Previously, Garrett worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank, Johns Hopkins University, and the International Eye Foundation. Dr Mehl holds doctoral and master’s degrees in International Health and has lived and worked on health in low income countries for over 15 years.