Executive Director, mHealth Alliance, United Nations Foundation
Patty has been actively involved in the field of International Health for 15 years with field experience in over 30 countries primarily in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. She has worked on research, program design and implementation, strategic planning, and policy development for mHealth and eHealth initiatives as well as Reproductive Health and Women's Health and Rights with a broad range of institutions.
Patty has a Masters in International Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene and a PhD in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she specifically examined the role of mobile phones in relation to health in Egypt. Prior to joining the mHealth Alliance, she was Director of Strategic Application of Mobile Technology for Public Health and Development at the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute. She is also faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute, Columbia University.
Patty recently gave birth to a baby boy, Gabriel, who is fondly known within the mHealth community as “mBaby.” She swears he came out texting his own birth registration!
Fun fact: Patty is originally from Egypt, where she is known as Batty since there is no "P" in the Arabic alphabet. What were her parents thinking?
Blog Posts by Patty Mechael
Mobiles to “mPower” Frontline Health Workers
Frontline health workers, including nurses, midwives and community health workers, are the first and often the only link to health care for millions of people living in the developing world. These invaluable figures in communities throughout the world are critical in settings where overall primary health care systems are weak or inaccessible. June 14, 2012