Airtel Africa joins GSMA’s mHealth programme

M-healthBharti Airtel is a global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. (Image source: GSMA)Airtel Africa has announced that a partnership with Global Mobile Trade Association (GSMA) to support the mHealth programme across 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa

GSMA’s mHealth programme is a cross-ecosystem partnership designed to provide a range of mHealth (mobile health) services to women and children, with a particular focus on nutrition.

Christian de Faria, CEO of Airtel Africa, said, “This partnership takes full advantage of mobile technology to provide healthcare information and services in sub-Saharan Africa. The partnership will also leverage existing and new Airtel SIMs to allow access to health content, health registration and data collection.”

Tom Phillips, chief regulatory officer at GSMA, said that the GSMA’s mHealth programme is committed to connect the mobile and health industries to develop commercially sustainable mHealth services that will meet public health needs.

“We are working with companies such as Airtel to deliver the objectives of the United Nations Every Women Every Child Global Strategy, as well as the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact, in the areas of nutrition and maternal and child health. We call on mobile ecosystem players, health providers, governments, NGOs, civil society and others to join this initiative to create life-saving mobile health services,” noted Phillips.

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