Be He@lthy, Be Mobile

Be He@lthy, Be Mobile

Scaling up digital health

The use of mobile and wireless technologies has the potential to transform the face of health service delivery across the globe. There are more than 7 billion mobile telephone subscriptions in the world - in many places people are more likely to have access to a mobile telephone than to clean water.

Preventing disease is the most sustainable way of improving population health. However, it can be challenging to reach people with the right information to stop avoidable conditions developing.

Be He@lthy, Be Mobile (BHBM) is an initiative run jointly by the WHO and ITU. Since 2013 it has worked with governments to address a global challenge around improving disease prevention by using mobile technology.


About the handbooks

The handbooks are comprehensive and evidence based documents that provide guidance for country governments and policymakers to develop, implement, and evaluate an mHealth programme for the prevention and control of different noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors.


National programmes

BHBM now works with 11 countries from a range of regions and income levels, tackling issues as diverse as raising awareness on cervical cancer to helping people quit tobacco use. Each country implements a different intervention or a combination of interventions, depending on the need and political will behind each disease or risk factor.


Beyond the mobile phone

Digital innovations that can support healthcare include a broader range of technologies than SMS, such as smartphone applications, wearables, Artificial Intelligence and machine Learning. Together with partners and collaborators, BHBM works towards understanding how to best deploy these new digital health solutions at scale.

The EU mHealth Hub Project

About the EU mHealth Hub

The EU mHealth Hub Project is a collaboration between WHO and ITU to collect best practices on the use of mHealth in Europe. It will work with the Be He@lthy, Be Mobile initiative to collect and share country experiences of operating mHealth programs within national health systems.

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