The United Nations May Be The Ultimate Driving Force For mHealth

The United Nations may have been formed as an international organization aiming primarily to facilitate cooperation in international law and economic development in hopes of achieving a more peaceful world, but the organization’s relentless commitment to human rights has expanded in no shortage of directions – the latest of which, undeniably, is mHealth. Nassir Abdulaziz …   Read More

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The United Nations may have been formed as an international organization aiming primarily to facilitate cooperation in international law and economic development in hopes of achieving a more peaceful world, but the organization’s relentless commitment to human rights has expanded in no shortage of directions – the latest of which, undeniably, is mHealth.

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly, recently shared his vision and hopes for mHealth with the global community.

“Only five years ago, who would have imagined that today a woman in sub-Saharan Africa could use a mobile phone to access health information on bringing her pregnancy safely to term?” Al-Nasser asked rhetorically. “Or that today a young person in the Middle East could use a mobile phone to help manage diabetes?”

In September, the United Nations raised the curtain on its first official mobile application, something designed to provide vital information regarding healthcare and global humanitarian initiatives.

The app, which is available on Android and iPhone/iPad and Windows Phone platforms, also enables users to support UN Foundation campaigns and programs, including Nothing but Nets, Girl Up, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Better World Campaign, and the United Nations Association of the USA.

“Mobile allows us to have a relationship with people on a daily basis — some people want that so why not engage with them that way,” says Aaron Sherinian, VP communications and public relations for the UN Foundation. “When we engage with people on a daily basis, they are more generous and giving, because they are more informed. We are taking a 360 approach to mobile.”

While mHealth continues to become a major industry in its own right, it’s also becoming a major issue on the world stage. And no one appears more eager and capable of carrying that banner for the good of humankind than the United Nations.

For the latest mHealth news and information, please be sure to visit mHealthWatch.com.

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