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Mobile Innovation for Global Health Gets Million-Dollar Boost

Rockefeller Foundation Support for mHealth Alliance Announced at mHealth Summit

Washington, DC —   November 10, 2010

The mHealth Alliance (mHA) announced today a million-dollar grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to leverage mobile technologies to improve health in low and middle income countries. The announcement renews support from a mHealth Alliance Founding Partner, and follows on the heels of $2 million in new funding that the mHealth Alliance announced earlier this week.

Speaking at the mHealth Summit, Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, said: “Innovations in mobile communications have unparalleled and perhaps limitless potential in overcoming persistent global health challenges.  But, these innovations will only succeed if we create the networks and partnerships that allow us to bring them to scale and unlock their full potential. We are proud to have helped found the mHealth Alliance, and to announce a new $1 million commitment to support its continued leadership in mobilizing public/private partnerships aimed at delivering on the promise of mobile health.”

Rockefeller Foundation funding will support the core budget and activities of the mHA, including the Health UnBound (HUB) online community that facilitates global knowledge-sharing about the full range of mHealth issues, and the Alliance-led Maternal mHealth Initiative.

“Wireless is essential to delivering health to unserved and underserved communities,” said David Aylward, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance. “Villages may not have running water or even electricity, but in most cases at least one person has access to a mobile phone; soon 90 percent of the world's population will be within the coverage of wireless networks. We are delighted to have this further investment from the Rockefeller Foundation to use the transformative power of mobile technology to improve health and wellbeing at the furthest reaches of wireless networks and devices.”

The Rockefeller Foundation, together with the United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation, launched the mHealth Alliance. Since then, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the GSM Association and HP have joined as Founding Partners.

The 2010 mHealth Summit, the largest event of its kind, is bringing together leaders at the forefront of the policy, research, business and development communities, including Bill Gates, Aneesh Chopra, Ted Turner and Judith Rodin, to advance the discussion around ways mobile technology can increase the access, efficiency and effectiveness of health systems in both the developing and developed worlds. The mHealth Summit partners are the Foundation for the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the mHealth Alliance, and NIH.


About the mHealth Alliance
The mHealth Alliance (mHA) mobilizes innovation to deliver quality health at the furthest reaches of wireless networks and mobile devices.  Working with diverse partners, the mHA advances mHealth through research, advocacy, and support for the development of interoperable solutions and sustainable deployment models. The mHA sponsors innovation challenges and conferences, leads cross-sector mHealth initiatives, and hosts HUB (Health UnBound), a global online community for resource sharing and collaborative solution generation. More information is available at

About the 2010 mHealth Summit
The 2010 mHealth Summit is organized by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in partnership with the mHealth Alliance and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The event will take place November 8-10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Portions of the event will be streaming live at Use conference hashtag #mHS10 to follow the conversation on Twitter.

Event Highlights:

  • Network with over 2,000 professionals from the U.S and 38+ countries, and gain unparalleled access to the biggest names in the health, policy and the mobile ecosystem
  • Confirmed keynote speakers: Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Francis S. Collins, Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health; Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Ted Turner, Chairman, United Nations Foundation; Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer; Dr. Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; and Dr. Julio Frenk, Dean of Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health and former Minister of Health, Mexico.
  • A conference program that features seven Super Sessions on critical issues in mHealth that include topics such as Optimizing Privacy and Data Security, Regulatory and Policy Perspectives, Lessons Learned Around the Globe, Comparative Effectiveness Research and mHealth, and more. Six conference tracks and side sessions explore topics such as Economics and mFinance, the use of mobile technologies to improve Maternal and Child Health, Health Behavior & Mobile Technology, and mHealth and Emergency Response.


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