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All three options are feasible without internet connection, but to reach their full potential they would require at least one major handset operator or MNO to make a paradigm shift with regards to their corporate social responsibility. The handset operator / MNO that fully engages with the vision of healthcare information for all will save many lives (and will, in the long term, increase their market share and make more profits).

Hello Anne-Laure,

"Can you see members of your network working on developing similar apps or providing content? "

Yes indeed. Lots of our members are independently developing mHealth solutions, including MAMA, a partner of the project you mention. They use HIFA as a forum to exchange what works and what doesn't to meet the health information needs of different audiences.

We are currently discussion several different approaches to meeting info needs of citizens using mobile phones, including:
1. SMS text messaging (especially good for sending health education messages to help mothers and babies stay healthy)
2. Video, audio and text for offline use (not yet widespread, but with great potential for as-needed MCH and first aid information - an example is HealthPhone)
3. Games (again, not yet being used much, but have great future potential to help equip citizens with basic healthcare knowledge).

To join the discussion, go to http://www.hifa2015.org and click on Join.

Neil