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7 Billion Reasons for mHealth

Mobile Technology’s Role in Meeting the Health Needs of World’s Growing Population

Washington, DC —   October 26, 2011

With the birth of the world’s 7 billionth child this month, and more than 5 billion mobile phone subscriptions, the mHealth Alliance highlights critical questions about the role of mobile technology in improving health outcomes, including those related to population growth. Mobile health (mHealth) solutions have the potential to assist in providing access to healthcare, improving public health, and promoting critical health behaviors — helping ensure that the 7 billionth child will live in a safe, healthy and sustainable world.

“From reducing child mortality to improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS, mHealth innovations are among the most important contributions to delivering on the world’s most important health goals – especially in developing countries,” said Patty Mechael, Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance. “As the world works to deliver on the Millennium Development Goals, mHealth plays a critical role in global health objectives on our collective to-do list.”

The mHealth Alliance, hosted by the United Nations Foundation, was established in 2009 to promote the enabling environment that allows mHealth to support the achievement of health priorities in low and middle income countries. As the world’s population continues to increase beyond 7 billion, the mHealth Alliance will continue to be a broker and advocate with the goal of advancing the achievement of health goals through mobile technologies and networks around the world. The Alliance will support the work of the mHealth community so it can help meet the needs of world’s 7 billion people, focusing on those who live at the furthest reaches of mobile networks.


About the mHealth Alliance
The mHealth Alliance mobilizes innovation to deliver quality health at the furthest reaches of wireless networks and mobile devices. Working with diverse partners, the Alliance advances mHealth through research, advocacy, and support for the development of interoperable solutions and sustainable deployment models. The mHealth Alliance 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. Hosted by the United Nations Foundation, and founded by the UN Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Vodafone Foundation, the Alliance now also includes PEPFAR, HP, the GSM Association, and NORAD among its founding partners. For more information, visit

About the UN Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit

Press Contact:
Dayle Kern
United Nations Foundation
(p) 202-778-1632 (e)