The Royal Tropical Institute is pleased to announce the relaunch of its portal on mHealth in Low-Resource Settings, www.mhealthinfo.org. The portal offers timely and informative content on the issue. The website serves as a platform for sharing knowledge on the current use, potential and limitations of mHealth in low-resource settings and allows greater interaction with its users.
mHealth stands for the provision of health-related services using mobile communication technology. Modern information and communication technologies such as the Internet are not yet commonly available in resource-poor settings. The mobile phone is a notable exception as it is the first ICT tool to reach even remote areas in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).
mHealth in Low-Resource Settings aims to facilitate the sharing of experiences and lessons learned in order to contribute to more sustainable programme implementation and scaling up of mHealth initiatives. The portal features a fully searchable database containing more than 300 e-resources. Projects linking mobile technology to health care in LMIC can be browsed via tables as well as on maps. Users can learn more about KIT’s mHealth activities and are encouraged to share their own projects and experiences.
The platform was developed and is managed by KIT Information & Library Services (ILS), with support from KIT Biomedical Research and KIT Development Policy & Practice.
Questions and comments regarding mHealth in Low-Resource Settings can be directed to the editor at KIT Information & Library Services.