mHealth has emerged in recent years as a direct result of the explosion in mobile services worldwide. Mobile phone coverage in Africa has grown at staggering rates over the past decade. In 1999, only 10 percent of the African population had mobile phone coverage, primarily in North and South Africa (GSMA, 2009). By 2008, 60 percent of the population (477 million people) had mobile phone coverage, and an area of 11.2 million square kilometres had mobile phone service -- equivalent to the United States and Argentina combined. By 2012, in all but the most remote location, virtually every village in Africa will have coverage.
In basic terms, mHealth is the use of mobile devices for the provision of medical or healthcare services and information. Within developing countries mHealth, along with telemedicine, is increasingly attracting the interest of healthcare providers as a means to address the ongoing need for healthcare services in low resource settings. This is in part due to the rapid growth in the use of mobile phones globally but more importantly as a response to the lack of conventional healthcare infrastructure and services. mHealth coupled with telemedicine, represents a significant opportunity to provide greater access to healthcare services and information at a lower cost.
Services provided by this solution aim to reduce the current burden on healthcare facilities by enabling better basic healthcare, disease management, wellness and education.
We have developed, along with various technology partners, a number of mHealth offerings that aim to provide real-time information to improve the provision of care, using this information to realize tangible benefits for those that need it most.