January Top Reads and Resources

Each month, mPowering partners will compile our ‘top five’ articles, videos, and resources related to mHealth, global health, and technology for development. This month, Clodagh McLoughlin, Global Health Research Officer at iheed, shares her top reads:
Is the desire for Innovation substituting the need for Evidence?
The second GETHealth Summit , led by iheed and the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education, was held in Dublin on November 13th & 14th. The Summit aims to bridge the health workforce gap in developing countries through the promotion and use of digital media and information, communication technologies (ICTs), especially within developing countries. If you missed the opportunity to attend this event, you can catch up with videos of the plenary sessions now available. This article by the Irish Forum for Global Health highlights important discussions from the event.
Q&A: Creating a mobile health platform that “just works” for all
In this question and answer session, PSI Impact spoke with Trip Allport of Accenture Development Partnership, about a vision for an integrated mobile health platform that provides a range of services and training for community health workers. This cross- organisational, cross- sectoral, multi- audience platform would provide key knowledge and information for health workers and consumers on the front end, and data on the back-end to inform decisions and daily workflow for supervisors, supply chain managers, ministries of health, implementers and donors.
Reversing a global health workforce crisis
This WHO bulletin illustrates how our current model of human resources for health needs to be upgraded.  The Global Health Workforce Alliance is leading the development of a strategy on human resources for health that will promote an integrated approach to workforce development. Find out about the four main elements this strategy needs to achieve this.
Health workers’ experiences, barriers, preferences and motivating factors in using mHealth forms in Ethiopia
Evidence regarding the barriers and facilitators to health workers using mHealth tools is scarce, but is essential to the success and scalability of projects. This study assesses health workers’ experiences, barriers, preferences and motivating factors in using mobile health forms on smartphones in the context of maternal health care in Ethiopia.
Scaling ICT for maternal health in Nigeria
Country ownership has been identified as a critical component of successful, sustainable programs. But does it really make a difference? This article discusses how effective public-private partnerships and country ownership, such as Nigeria’s Information and Communication Technologies for Saving One Million Lives (ICT4SOML) programme, can drive change and improve health outcomes.
Controlling Ebola through mHealth strategies
This short article discusses the potential of mHealth in controlling the current Ebola epidemic’s spread through mapping outbreaks and providing education.
About iheed:
iheed is an Irish social enterprise which produces digital training content for health workers, and also seeks to bring together policymakers, leaders and implementers in the health worker training space, to scale up creation of content, and help mitigate global shortages of trained health personnel. It has been instrumental in thought leadership for the creation of health worker training content to address global health needs.